Robin Des Bank looks to have ideal opening.
The Ian Williams-trained gelding finished fourth at Towcester over this trip on his penultimate start, showing plenty more promise than his finishing position suggested. After leading into the straight, he was still well in contention two out before a bad blunder cost him any chance; jockey Michael Murphy did not give him too hard a time when the race had gone.
Stepped up to 2m4f at Hereford last time, he again led for much of the way, but he didn't quite see out the longer distance, fading into fifth in the home straight.
Down 1lb in the handicap and dropped back to 2m this afternoon, this game sort looks to have been found an ideal opportunity in this novice handicap hurdle and it will be disappointing if he cannot take advantage.
Lay of the day (at up to 4) Seven Is My Number 3.50 Uttoxeter David Pipe's gelding kept up his good record after a layoff when cantering home on his chasing debut at Worcester last time out, and while it all looked very easy and he didn't need to be shaken up, I have some doubts about how much he had left in the tank, as he doesn't always find as much as he promises.
Given that he goes particularly well fresh, he is always one to take on after he has made his seasonal debut, as he has a habit of following up with a distinctly poor run and struggles to put two good efforts together.
Kangaroo Court should prove stiff opposition and, provided Emma Lavelle's gelding takes to the fences on his chasing debut, Seven Is My Number will struggle to concede 7lb. If he is anywhere near the forecast 9-4, he must be taken on.
Best trade (back in running) Braveheart Move 4.10 Hamilton He has proved very inconsistent, following each of his victories with a disappointing effort, but while his eighth at York last time out doesn't look the strongest form on first glance, it should be considered a creditable effort, as that was a much stronger race than this and Sir Mark Prescott's colt did well to finish so close, given that he had been very free in the early stages.
The drop back to 1m5f should suit and he is open to plenty more improvement if he can settle better.
The return of Seb Sanders in the saddle is a big positive, as this three-year-old is not an easy ride and Sanders was nothing short of masterful when scoring on him at Pontefract on his penultimate start.
He will have to be strong again, as his mount takes plenty of driving, but he does find for pressure, and an in-running back could be the way to play it.
Today's multiple I'm not usually a fan of the short-priced double, but these two look too good to miss. Emma Lavelle's Kangaroo Court (3.50 Uttoxeter) looked a very good prospect in four novice hurdles last season, finishing off with an impressive victory at Lingfield after mixing it with some of the best. He looks just the type to make a better chaser and I expect him to make short work of Seven Is My Number.
Sir Mark Prescott's Valid Point (4.40 Hamilton) comes here on a fourtimer, having scored impressively at Ayr, Beverley and Wolverhampton, and while he is creeping up in the weights, he looks open to plenty more progress upped to this 1m3f trip. This looks another weak race that is there for the taking.
Win double Kangaroo Court 3.50 Uttoxeter Valid Point 4.40 Hamilton
Kangaroo Court: looked a good prospect last season and could be an exciting novice chaser
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 20, 2009|
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