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Bennys Mist can leave his rivals gasping and continue fine form of Williams stable; TODAY'S TIPS.

BENNYS Mist can repeat his recent Wincanton success in the Dick Hunt Handicap Chase back at the west country venue.

Venetia Williams' charge once again showed an aptitude for heavy ground as he sailed home seven lengths clear in a similar race.

He had previously failed to shine in a couple of attempts over the Grand National fences, but back over regulation obstacles, Bennys Mist galloped his rivals into submission.

The handicapper took a dim view of that success and duly raised his mark by 6lb but Bennys Mist is proven when the mud is flying - like many from the yard - and that could prove key.

Keshi Pearl found the switch up to Listed company a tough ask before Christmas but the Carling EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle should be much more to her liking.

Winner of one of her three bumper starts, Keshi Pearl made a victorious debut over hurdles at Warwick in November and trainer Henry Daly thought it was worth a crack at a higher level next time out.

While far from disgraced in third behind a subsequent Grade Two-placed runner, Keshi Pearl was found wanting when the pace upped a notch and kept on for minor honours.

This race presents a easier task and although she has to give weight to the majority of her rivals, Keshi Pearl looks more than capable of claiming top honours.

Silsol will appreciate testing conditions in the New Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap Hurdle.

A Flat winner on heavy ground in France, he has not been disgraced in three starts for Paul Nicholls this term. Fourth on his British bow at Aintree, Silsol had to settle for second at Leicester next time after being hampered by a faller before staying on.

SELECTIONS: KEMPTON: 4.50 Hierarch, 5.20 Polydamos, 5.50 Jazri, 6.20 Gabrial's Hope, 6.50 Newtown Cross, 7.20 Trojan Rocket, 7.50 Eco Warrior. SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Imjin River, 2.00 Triple Aitch, 2.30 Gogeo, 3.00 Hanoverian Baron, 3.30 Spitfire, 4.00 Silly Billy, 4.30 Putin.

WINCANTON: 1.40 Vieux Lion Rouge, 2.10 Silsol, 2.40 BENNYS MIST (NAP), 3.10 Keshi Pearl, 3.40 Brick Red, 4.10 Minella Theatre, 4.40 Brother Tedd.

CHEPSTOW OFF ? TOMORROW'S meeting at Chepstow has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen inspected the course at noon on Wednesday but was forced to call off the National Hunt card.

"Rather than wait , we have made the early call. It's been a frustrating January but we've seen record rainfall from the middle of December."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 30, 2014
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