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Racing: King all set to rule on welcome return.

Byline: Stable Boy

Talented Ballinclay King has been a frustrating type over the last couple of season but showed he was on the way back with an encouraging run at Cheltenham on his latest start.

He returns to Prestbury Park today and the trip down from Middleham can pay off with victory in the pounds 40,000 Unicoin New Homes Chase (Showcase Handicap).

His last run resulted in a fine third to Horus and Bramblehill Duke over an extended three miles and a furlong.

At one point he looked the likely winner but just found the trip a bit beyond him.

But he drops back to 21 furlongs today which should be ideal as he has only once won beyond two miles.

He has been dropping down the handicap for a while now and the testing ground will hold no fears.

All looks set fair for a big run as the Ferdy Murphy stable creeps back into some sort of form.

Flame Creek is well-regarded by Noel Chance and should be followed in the pounds 25,000 George Stevens Handicap Hurdle.

The Shardari gelding was a clear-cut winner over course and distance on rain-softened ground in April and followed up in a decent event at Kelso the following month.

He would not want the ground to get desperate as he has plenty of speed and it is interesting that he stays over timber as he is reportedly seen as a smart chasing prospect.

Sir Frosty is worth chancing in the marathon Miles Gosling Handicap Chase over four miles and a furlong.

He proved himself over four miles at Exeter on his latest start when benefiting from a perfectly-timed Timmy Murphy ride to go on and win by four lengths from Lancastrian Jet after hitting the front at the last.

He is lightly raced for a nineyear-old and this is his stiffest task to date. But he is in good heart and stays well - and that will certainly be the name of the game today.

He looks sure to go well with man of the moment Murphy - fresh from his success at the weekend on big Irish hope Beef Or Salmon - again in the saddle.

Vanormix meets nothing of the calibre of Saintsaire in the Steel Plate Trial Juvenile Novices' Hurdle. Martin Pipe's youngster was no match for the Nicky Henderson-trained Triumph Hurdle favourite at Newbury but still ran with loads of promise and can go one better here.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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