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TODAY'S POINTERS ??King's Chorister 3.50 Newcastle Barry Murtagh's gelding has to be of interest back at his favourite track down to a 4lb lower mark than when last successful.

That victory over course and distance took his form figures in March in the last two seasons to 24231.

His form figures in handicap hurdles over course and distance are 31221 (penultimate figure this race last year) - an interesting return when you consider he is 1-26 away from Gosforth Park.

The ground is forecast to be a rather mixed bag, with both good to soft and heavy places, but it's unlikely to be anywhere near as testing as it was when he finished fifth at Kelso last time. ??Harry Fry will probably be feeling the pressure more than most with last year's Champion Hurdle hero Rock On Ruby just a week away from defending his crown at Cheltenham.

It will be the first festival for the handler and, encouragingly, the yard is approaching it in tremendous form, with six winners last month and nine from just 17 runners this year.

Fry sends out just one runner today - Presenting Arms in the 3.00 at Exeter - and he looks an interesting handicap debutant after three progressive efforts in novice hurdles, culminating in a close second on today's course in heavy ground.

Fry has yet to have a handicap winner over hurdles from ten runners, but his last four have finished in the first three and it would be no surprise to see Presenting Arms at least equal that now he steps up in trip on decent ground in a first-time tongue-tie. And he should certainly find today's 0-115 opposition more to his liking than the 0-130 field he was entered to face at Fontwell tomorrow.

The market still hasn't caught up with Fry and his main jockey Noel Fehily, as they are showing a profit of PS47.51 to a PS1 level stake this season.

?Romanticize (nap) 5.10 Southwell With Greenhead High and Seamster lining up in good form there has to be a strong chance this will be run at a serious clip from the start. And while you still want to be up there whatever the pace in sprints around here, I just wonder if they might cut each other's throats and set it up for a closer.

There's more than one who fits that bill, but Romanticize is as unexposed as any, despite being seven, and handled Fibresand well enough on her most recent start to think she'll be able to add to her win on Polytrack at Wolverhampton in January.

Jason Ward's mare, who has clearly been reinvigorated by the fitting of a hood, tracked a strong pace that day before taking it up a furlong out.

Romanticize did not pick up as well when third round here last time, but she raced closer to the inner than is probably ideal (you hardly ever see the strongest finisher racing close to the inside rail in the straight at this venue).

Still, she was beaten less than two lengths and, while the problems that have restricted her to only 11 starts in nearly four years mean she's unlikely to achieve her full potential, a mark of 56 - 21lb lower than in her first season racing - surely offers scope.

Yesterday's highlights ??Daryl Jacob and Paul Nicholls have hit overdrive in the last couple of weeks, Whisky Yankee's victory in the maiden hurdle at Ffos Las taking their form figures together since February 21 to a remarkable 1352111121161.

This wasn't the most straightforward of the eight successes by any means, as the lazy-looking Whisky Yankee traded at 40 in running before getting the upper hand over Creepy (1.3).

Richard Johnson is another jockey who has picked it up a notch lately after a fairly quiet post-Christams spell.

He had to be at his strongest to force Groomed (18) up in the 2m handicap chase to score from Star Galaxy (1.07).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2013
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