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Horse Racing: It's three and easy for Jasper.

Byline: By GARY NUTTING

OUR JASPER (4.50) is fancied to complete his hat-trick in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at Bangor today.

Donald McCain's horses continue in great form and this improving seven-year-old has thrived since switching stables at the end of last season.

With both his wins on soft ground, Our Jasper will again have conditions in his favour and looks a rock-solid choice in a race in which several others have question marks about them.

Royal Paradise (4.20), formerly a high-class novice hurdler in Ireland, can upset likely hot favourite Private Be in the 2m1f beginners' chase.

Paul Webber's gelding has been slow to learn over fences but the ability is there and he put up an improved performance in a first-time visor when second to Good Spirit at Stratford last time.

The winner is highly regarded by Paul Nicholls, who expects him to run a big race at Cheltenham next week, and Webber has opted to keep Royal Paradise alert by replacing the visor with cheekpieces.

Private Be is the form pick on his second to another Nicholls-trained Festival hope Opera Mundi but was probably flattered that day as there were only three runners.

More significantly, perhaps, he ran as though something was amiss when back over hurdles last time and this testing ground is sure to expose any chink in his armour.

GARY NUTTING is an awardwinning national champion tipster and founder of Horsetrader, the betting and exchange trading specialists, www.horsetrader.net

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2007
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