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QUINZ can defy his relative inexperience and make his mark in today's Racing Post Chase at Kempton.

The seven-year-old is still qualified to run in novice company after connections abandoned his initial try over fences last season.

While that attempt did not work out, he held his own over hurdles last term but was really marking time for another crack at chasing.

Philip Hobbs had him ready for his return, with Quinz powering home by 23 lengths on his seasonal bow at Exeter before following up with similar ease at Ascot.

He was then pitched in against RSA Chase favourite Time For Rupert at Cheltenham before Christmas and was not disgraced in finishing third.

Quinz was keen throughout that day so it was no surprise he just ran out of gas in the finish at what is a testing track.

Kempton presents a few less challenges on that front and Quinz is a live contender at a track which may well suit him better.


Nicky Henderson dominated proceedings at Ascot last weekend and can claim his fair share of glory on the undercard.

He landed the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle with Soldatino on his British bow last year and the wily trainer can repeat the trick with Celtus.

The four-year-old is a three-time winner over obstacles in France so merits the utmost respect as he switches to action on this side of the channel.

Whoops A Daisy can make use of her mares' advantage in the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.

The five-year-old opened her account over obstacles with a stylish five-length success at Hereford last month before following up at Bangor at the beginning of February.

While she was merely workmanlike that day, runner-up Credit Crunched is a promising performer and the pair pulled well clear of the rest of the field.

This Grade Two heat represents a big step up on that in terms of class but Henderson is not one to tilt at windmills and has a powerful band of novices.


ON THE MONEY Trainer Philip Hobbs
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2011
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