Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column

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Bob's World should not be too far away in the Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Handicap Hurdle at Wetherby.

Runner-up to Bygones Of Brid at Sedgefield, there is a strong likelihood that this rise to two miles and three-quarters of a mile will bring about further improvement.

Nicky Henderson sends Nesterenko on the long trip from Lambourn and he has to be followed in the Wear A Hat Day Supporting braintumourresearch.org Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Hurdle.

The Doyen gelding was last seen at Cheltenham in January when in hindsight running a blinder to be fourth to Lac Fontanta.

The latter has gone to win at the Festival while the third, Amore Alato, was second to the high-class Irving at Kempton.

Henderson's charge would be most unfortunate to bump into anything of that calibre in West Yorkshire.

Bygones Of Brid has been a terrific stalwart for Karen McLintock and is taken to bring home a double in the IJF Farrell/Brookshaw Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Newcastle.

The 11-year-old won so decisively at Sedgefield a few weeks ago that a 6lb rise is highly unlikely to knock him off his stride.

Bygones Of Brid has already won twice at Newcastle and usually shows a stout level of form on good ground, although rain at Gosforth Park has tempered confidence a little.

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Warbond has hardly been a win machine in his long career, but now looks as good a time as any to get involved at Lingfield.

One victory from 43 starts does not make particularly good reading, but he has been in decent spirits this winter and looked rather unfortunate at Kempton on his last outing.

Sent off at odds of 13/2 for a one-mile handicap at the beginning of the month, the chestnut son of Monsieur Bond was too headstrong early on but soon settled into a neat rhythm.

It all unravelled inside the final couple of furlongs, though, as his path was blocked at a decisive moment.

Warbond stayed on earnestly once the cause was lost to finish fourth, beaten just over four lengths by Spirit Of Gondree, but he would have got much closer had he been luckier.

The handicapper clearly felt the same as he has gone up 3lb, which admittedly looks a shade harsh.

That said, Michael Madgwick's six-year-old turned in two encouraging displays at Lingfield in February to suggest that was no flash in the pan.

Warbond is obviously not one to trust implicitly, but the one-mile bookmakers.co.uk Handicap hardly looks vintage stuff.

The appointment of Adam Kirby is also an interesting move.

Club House should enjoy himself back over a mile for the Ladbrokes Handicap.

Robert Mills' four-year-old boasts a strong profile at Lingfield, with six wins and five placed finishes from 23 starts in Surrey.

He did, however, seem to find seven furlongs a little on the sharp side earlier in the month when he finished a staying-on fourth behind Hillbilly Boy.

The form looks decent, too, as the runner-up that day, Seek The Fair Land, has since won at Kempton.

Club House has won five races over this course and distance, so it comes as little surprise to see the capable Mills step back up in distance with the son of Marju.

He might remain plenty high enough in the weights, largely due to his impressive success at this track in February, but there is enough evidence to suggest he can still do some damage off a mark of 73.

Wolverhampton's evening meeting looks difficult, but Dimitar at least strikes as being an interesting sort in the Ladbrokes Handicap.

Johnny Farrelly's five-year-old won really well over course and distance in February, but was unable to follow up over seven furlongs at Kempton a fortnight later.

The gelded son of Mizzen Mast was perhaps given too patient a ride in Sunbury, though, as he finished full of running to take fourth spot behind Athletic.

Dimitar is a text-book hold-up performer so is always susceptible if there is neither pace or fortune during a race.

But he remains just 4lb higher than when he won here last September and has been well placed by his trainer in what is a poor encounter, even in spite of the on-song Caramack's presence.

SELECTIONS

DUNDALK: 6.15 Fine Cut, 6.45 Armed Guard, 7.15 I'vegotafeeling, 7.45 Zalty, 8.15 Shabra Emperor, 8.45 Ebadani, 9.15 Sinndar Desert.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Tappanappa, 2.30 Warbond, 3.00 Club House, 3.30 Labyrinthine, 4.05 Multitask, 4.40 Dangerous Age, 5.15 Almargo.

NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Boondooma, 2.40 Edmund, 3.10 Bellorophon, 3.40 Galway Jack, 4.15 Bygones Of Brid, 4.50 Mr Supreme, 5.25 Generous Chief.

WETHERBY: 2.20 Nesterenko, 2.50 Tiny Dancer, 3.20 BOB'S WORLD (NAP), 3.55 Indigo Rock, 4.30 Pippa Greene, 5.05 Gwyre, 5.40 Hunter's Hoof.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.55 Captain T, 6.30 Cadmium Loch, 7.00 Desert Ranger, 7.30 Travel, 8.00 Mahadee, 8.30 Dimitar, 9.00 Moonlit Sky.

DOUBLE: Bob's World and Warbond.

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