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La Estrella returns to his favourite track and it would be no surprise if the Southwell specialist bounces back to winning form at the Nottinghamshire venue.

Don Cantillon’s charge has quite the record at the track, going unbeaten in 13 runs before the wheels finally came off back in May when he was well beaten by Reve Du Nuit.

The 10-year-old had carried all before him up to that day, but Cantillon has made no secret of the fact the gelding has his problems and while nothing was evident on that occasion, it may just have been something was niggling him that day.

A subsequent outing at Royal Ascot was hardly likely to yield any compensation and so it proved as La Estrella was tailed off in the Ascot Stakes.

Given a break since then, the popular veteran should be nicely freshened up for the Coral App Download From The App Store Claiming Stakes, which also represents a marked drop in class from that Ascot handicap event.

La Estrella is returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but he has shown time and again that he can win in those circumstances and he has few equals in this sphere at his spiritual home.

Connections of Frost Fire would surely love to have just one of La Estrella’s 23 career successes and their filly can end a frustrating run in the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap.

Mark Johnston’s charge still seemed a bit immature when beaten just a length at Wolverhampton last time, to add to her previous second place at that track.

Frost Fire might not be up to winning in maiden company and the decision to switch to handicap company here can finally see her get off the mark.

Different appeals as an unexposed type in the Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

She has not seen much racing for a horse of her age and her recent second at Wolverhampton offered more than a flash of promise.

Dursey Sound hardly has the most inspiring form figures next to his name but Catterick’s Buy Your 2014 Annual Badge Today Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase can bring about a change in his fortunes.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge is highly thought of and made a successful start in this sphere when winning at Bangor back in October.

His jumping was far from perfect on that occasion and unfortunately that has proved his undoing the last twice.

He unshipped his rider some way out at Market Rasen while he looked a likely winner at Fakenham last time out until parting company with Tony McCoy at the last fence.

The winner that day, King Of The Wolds, looks a decent prospect, a comment which also applies to Dursey Sound if O’Neill can iron out his jumping issues.

Rick is worth a shout in the Interactive Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase as he continues to work his way back to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines.

David Pipe’s Count Danilo gets the nod in what looks a pretty uninspiring SIS “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle at Fakenham.

The four-year-old fell in an Irish point-to-point in the spring, but it is perhaps a measure of the regard in which he is held that he began his career under Rules in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham’s Open meeting.

Admittedly he failed to land any sort of blow as his unbeaten stable companion Red Sherlock took top honours, but Pipe could not have found the four-year-old an easier opportunity to make a winning start over hurdles, faced with three ordinary opponents.

Java Rose is another who can make a successful start to her jumping career in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

This imposing filly was a Chepstow maiden winner during the summer and looks sure to have the scope to deal with obstacles.

SELECTIONS

CATTERICK: 12.10 Push Me, 12.40 Rick, 1.10 Lord Of Drums, 1.40 Cool Sky, 2.10 Merrydown Vintage, 2.40 Dursey Sound, 3.10 I Got Power.

FAKENHAM: 12.50 Count Danilo, 1.20 White Diamond, 1.50 The Thirsty Bricky, 2.20 Go Amwell, 2.50 Hopeand, 3.20 Java Rose.

SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Art Dzeko, 1.00 Frost Fire, 1.30 Razin’ Hell, 2.00 La Estrella, 2.30 DIFFERENT (NAP), 3.00 Busy Bimbo, 3.30 Masai Moon.

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