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NO FLIGHT OF FANCY; McBride's charge looks a genuine contender on the all-weather.


EARTHFLIGHT appears to have relished a recent switch to the all-weather and can keep up the good work in the 32Red Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Phil McBride's charge failed to impress in three turf outings but pitched into the all-weather division, she seems to have found her favoured conditions.

A fourth at Kempton was followed by a Wolverhampton triumph last month when she kept on well over nine furlongs to run out a game winner.

Raised 5lb for that victory, she did not enjoy the best of runs when returning to Dunstall Park to finish third behind some lighter-weighted rivals.

Earthflight still deserves plenty of credit for that run, though, and while a further 2lb rise is hardly ideal, the Medicean filly could be up to the task.

SPEED HAWK can build on his debut third with victory in the Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

He was beaten just under two lengths on his racecourse bow, despite being sent off a 50-1 shot, and there were few finishing better than him in the dying strides. Speed Hawk is bred for artificial surfaces as a son of Henny Hughes and trainer Robert Cowell could have a nice prospect on his hands this winter.

VULCANITE is worth following as he reverts to the smaller obstacles in the William Hill The Jumps Michaelmas Hurdle at Huntingdon.

The six-year-old was a useful tool in this sphere but failed to build on that when switched to chasing last year, with jumping errors proving costly on more than one occasion.

He failed to sparkle on his return at Cheltenham but a win here would boost confidence.

Divers is an intriguing runner as he debuts for Donald McCain in Sedgefield's PSSpirit Of Teesside Handicap Chase.

The nine-year-old spent most of his career with Ferdy Murphy, proving good enough to win at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of seasons ago as well as placing in some hot handicap events. However, he appeared to have thoroughly lost his way last term and has dropped 14lb to his current mark of 130.

But if McCain has managed to recapture his sparkle, Divers would surely be a force to be reckoned with at this level.

Christopher Wren is the choice for Nick Gifford in the World Horse Welfare Handicap Chase at Lingfield after a recent Worcester win.


HIGH DIVE Ferdy Murphy

HAWK HOPE Rob Cowell
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Date:Nov 12, 2013
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