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Racing: Dusty looking to good.

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DUSTY TOO, smooth winner of two races in the autumn,can make a successful return from a three-month break at Fontwell today.

After scoring in good style at the West Sussex track in September and at Plumpton in early October, the six-year-old grey mare was given time off by her trainer Amanda Perrett.

It has been quite a time waiting to complete the hat-trick,but Dusty Too can chalk up win number three in the EBF/Crandon Park Stud Mares' Only `National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier).

She looked good when defeating Canny Scot by a distance over an extended two and a quarter miles on this course before disposing of Gold Menelek by 12 lengths over three furlongs further at Plumpton.

This two and a half miles looks just right for the daughter of Terimon.

Barton Nic, who put up a career best performance last time,can carry on the good work in the Alexander Catering Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.

The 11-year- old beat Shaman by six lengths in a Class E contest at Plumpton last month,having been pulled up in his previous race just two weeks earlier in what was his first since May.

Barton Nic wore blinkers when successful and trainer Paul Keane is likely to keep the headgear fitted to the Nicholas Bill gelding for this Class D event.

Breezer,fourth at 100-1 on his jumps debut behind Trouble At Bay at Wincanton seven weeks ago,can open his account in the Docker Hughes Memorial Juvenile Novices' Hurdle.

Toby Balding's charge made a pleasing introduction considering that he was not fluent at his hurdles,and he was only beaten two and a half lengths by the winner, who is favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The veteran trainer is certain to have sorted out any problems in that department and Breezer, who only had five races on the Flat, can open his account.

Peter Chapple-Hyamcan make a triumphant return to the British training ranks by scoring with Toronto Heights in the betdirect.co.ukMaiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.

The Derby-winning trainer, who spent three and a half years in Hong Kong,has his new base at St Gatien Stables in Newmarket, formerly run by Robert Armstrong.

Toronto Heights had bits of form when handled last season by Barry Hills,and is likely to be fit to run for his life to give ChappleHyam the best possible start.
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Date:Jan 26, 2004
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