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Racing: Hill can storm in for Toby.

Byline: GARY NUTTING

TOBY BALDING can celebrate his impending move to a new high-tech training base by sending out East Hill (3.00) to win the novice hurdle at Fontwell today.

Balding, one of the longest-serving masters of his craft, is preparing to hand over the reins to son-in-law Jonathan Geake at the end of next year, but in the meantime expects the winners to flow.

"The new complex is close to my current stable near Andover, so it won't be an upheaval to move - and the facilities are spectacular," says Balding, 67, who has been training since 1956. "Touch wood, we should be up and running there by the beginning of next month."

Balding, the fifth-leading jumps trainer of all time, has seen his Flat horses return to form recently and looks to have found a good opportunity for East Hill to open his account over hurdles.

The seven-year-old ran promisingly on more than one occasion last season and a reproduction of his second in a Newbury handicap on his final outing should see him home in this company.

He also has proven form on the tricky West Sussex venue, having won a bumper there two years ago.

Fellow course winner Gigs Gambit (4.40) is fancied to continue Mark Pitman's good start to the season. The six-year-old improved on last season's efforts to win on his recent reappearance and has the potential to defy topweight in this low-grade handicap.

Jonjo O'Neill should strike with downgraded Hell-Of-A-Shindy (2.30), his only runner at the meeting.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2003
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