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Hurdling a breeze for Easter Day
12:14pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in Sport
EASTER DAY sets a high standard in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Huntingdon.
The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old has taken to hurdling really well and found only the potentially high-class Taquin Du Seuil too good in the Grade One Challow Hurdle at Newbury.
Jonjo O’Neill’s runner had a bit too much toe at the business end but there was certainly no disgrace in that as the winner had got within two lengths of Cheltenham buzz horse My Tent Or Yours earlier in the season.
On a good card, Nicky Henderson will be fully expecting Tetlami to get back to winning ways in the Huntingdon Racecourse Novices’ Chase.
Ninth in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, he was a smooth winner on his first chasing start but found Overturn a different task altogether last time out.
Angel Sun is enjoying a largely consistent season and would not be winning out of turn if he can strike gold in Sedgefield’s Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Chase.
A disappointing run at Musselburgh in early November aside, Ferdy Murphy’s seven-year-old has run four really good races this term and turned in what was probably a career-best when staying on to finish third back in Scotland on New Year’s Day.
He has shown he can be competitive off his mark of 101 and did run well around Sedgefield over hurdles, so everything points to another positive performance.
The Tracey Shuffle can strike gold in the BetVictor Grand National Non- Runner Free Bet Handicap Hurdle at Ayr.
There was a lot to like about the winning return of Al Enbess at Lingfield at the start of the month and he gets the vote in an interesting BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap at Kempton.
The son of Kyllachy was out with the washing on his racecourse debut in a soft ground Leicester maiden in mid- October, but the experience was clearly not lost on him.
Switched to the all-weather and stepped up from seven furlongs to a mile on his first start in four months, David Simcock’s colt travelled smartly on the heels of the leaders and showed plenty of pace to put the race to bed inside the final furlong.
The form is difficult to quantify as none of those in behind have run since, but the impression is Al Enbess is not badly treated off a mark of 69 on his handicap bow.
Jamie Spencer, on board last time, keeps the partnership intact.
The BetVictor Exclusive Antepost Offer Cheltenham 2013 Conditions Stakes appears a good opportunity for Tappanappa to get back on the winning trail for Brian Ellison.
The six-year-old won with his head in his chest over course and distance last March and went on to run some fine races on during the summer, turning in placed efforts here and on turf at Yarmouth.
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