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Prince looks charming.

Byline: By Chris Wilson

Princelet makes plenty of appeal in the opening race at Fontwell tomorrow on the eve of what promises to be a cracking weekend of racing.

Nicky Henderson looks to have unearthed another smart recruit from the Flat in this four-year-old, who should have no problem landing back-to-back victories in the Docker Hughes Memorial Juvenile Novices' Hurdle.

Formerly with Michael Jarvis, Princelet, who holds an entry in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, stayed on in good style on his jumping debut at Taunton to score by one and a half lengths from former stablemate Traprain.

He is a clearly going the right way over obstacles and more success beckons this season.

Nick Gifford has already had a good week after stable star Straw Bear did the business at Folkestone and he should also be picking up some winnings with Dusky Lord in the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Leighton Aspell gave Gifford's seven-year-old a peach of a ride to win at Plumpton on his last outing in October after previously running with credit in a Grade Two bumper at Aintree. He could be anything judged by his Plumpton run and may feasibly hold his own in far better company than this in time.

Misbehaviour looks to have a leading chance of going one better than the runner-up spot he filled at Folkestone at the beginning of January.

On what was his first run for nearly nine months he travelled like the winner only to find the testing going had taken its toll and the lack of a recent run found him out.

He was beaten only three and a half lengths by Isam Top, who has since franked the form by finishing third to Honan off a 7lb higher mark.

After being given a month off the `bounce' factor should not really come into play and the seven-year-old could find more improvement.

Up at Wolverhampton, Countrywide Luck should get punters off to a good start by taking the opening Joan Cooper 80th Birthday Amateur Riders' Handicap.

Nick Littmoden's charge ended a long losing streak when winning over a mile and a half at Lingfield last time and looks the sort capable of going on a bit of a run at this level.

Zaffeu can also get on the premises in the Betdirect On 0800 211 222 Selling Handicap. The five-year-old finished third here last week and will readily appreciate stepping up to two miles.

A fairly consistent sort in this company, tomorrow could be his day.

Jiver can leave punters dancing for joy at Catterick by claiming the Go Racing At Wetherby Tomorrow Handicap Hurdle.

Michael Scudamore's charge won many new friends at Warwick last week when he stayed on stoutly to take second place behind the potentially useful Passenger Omar.

After losing his way over fences, the seven-year-old proved his appetite for a battle over the smaller obstacles with a pleasing round of jumping which led to him comfortably holding off Grand National hopefuls Clan Royal and Silver Birch in the Graham Hoskin Racegoers Club Handicap Hurdle.

This three-mile-one-furlong contest represents a far easier test of his ability and he should have no problem finding the winner's enclosure if he replicates that run at Warwick.

Keith Reveley's course specialist Welcome To Unos gets the nod in the Marne Handicap Chase.

The nine-year-old has done his trainer proud this term with three wins from his last four starts.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2006
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