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Racing: Oscar looks one to follow.

Byline: BY ARGUS

COLIN TINKLER gives another outing to his Cheltenham hope Oscar Park today and if the horse has serious Festival aspirations, he must go close in Newbury's E.B.F. "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Quoted at around 16-1 for the Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle, the unbeaten six-year-old showed himself to be a useful sort in bumpers last term, culminating in a soft ground Listed win at Warwick, and has continued to impress in two outings over timber so far this season.

Although his jumping has occasionally looked a little suspect, he has managed to get from one side to the other so far and, after doing better on that score last time, should once again know more aboutnegotiating the obstacles. Oscar Park is clearly a talented sort, as only during his Listed win has he come under any pressure and he looks to have the class to maintain his unblemished record despite facing his toughest hurdling task to date.

With two wins, at 10-1 and 181 respectively, so far this season, Vicario has been a horse well worth following and he once again warrants support in the Alfa Aggregate Handicap Hurdle at Bangor.

Ginger McCain's charge battled on in game fashion to hold off his rivals at Haydock last time and although he'll need another career-best effort to follow up, he is going the right way and should have asay in the closing stages. Supporting horses from the Gerry Enright yard has really paid off at Lingfield in the last few years and punters can get off to a winning start by following his Homebred Star in the Play Games At betdirect.co.uk Banded Stakes.

The four-year-old gelding, who had previously been in the care of Peter Bowen, made a winning start for his new stable over course and distance last month when running on well to lead close home.

That run came on the back of an 11-month absence so it is reasonable to expect that improvement could well be forthcoming, although it is unlikely he'll need to show a great deal more to come out on top once again
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2005
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