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Tips box Quiet Mountain ready to peak for Pears on handicap debut.

North Colin Russell Quiet Mountain (2.30 Southwell, nap) Lightly raced five-year-old from the Ollie Pears yard. Travelled well for a long way when fourth in a maiden on the track last time and, with today's drop back in trip expected to suit him on his handicap debut, is fancied to get off the mark this time.

Wedding Dream (4.30 Southwell) Has proved well suited by the step up to a mile and has won his last two races, both over today's course and distance, in good style. Penalty for latest win partly offset by today's claimer and expected to give another good account. Others to follow Southwell 1.30 Merrion Tiger, 2.00 My Mate Mal, 3.00 Dig Deep, 3.30 Poet's Place, 4.00 Ancient Times.

Lambourn Rodney Masters Stratigic Gale (1.50 Folkestone, nap) Nailed on the line in a bumper on first outing since joining Nicky Henderson. Has schooled competently over hurdles at Seven Barrows and this mediocre race should be well within his capabilities. Nawow (1.30 Southwell) Owner appears to change trainers more frequently than the Wildenstein family ever did. His horse is a jack of all trades with wins in most disciplines, and BHA handicapper has dropped him 3lb since latest run, which allows him to creep into this 46-65 race for amateurs. Will have the assistance of the capable Emily Jones, and should go well at lucrative odds.

Others to follow Folkestone 2.20 Fiftyonefiftyone, 2.50 Oedipe, 3.20 Coast Of Malabar. Taunton 2.40 King's Forest, 4.10 Montgermont.

Newmarket Tony Elves Aaman (1.30 Southwell, nap) Easy 16-length winner from Mayta Capac in apprentice handicap over course and distance five days ago. Unpenalised for that win and Ed Vaughan has enlisted the services of the competent Serena Brotherton in a contest that should prove a formality for the grey son of Dubai Destination.

Laharna (3.50 Folkestone) Well fancied at Huntingdon last time but the omission of the final two fences didn't play to his strengths and he was never going to peg back She's Humble, who won by a length and a quarter. Should be all the better for that outing and the Lucy Wadham-trained ten-year-old can go one better with a 7lb turnaround with the winner.

Others to follow Southwell 2.30 Zeffirelli, 3.30 Guto, 4.00 Calculus Affair.

West Countr y Andrew King Oamaru Stone (1.40 Taunton, nap) Won an Irish point-to-point and has shaped as if this step up in trip will suit. Can open his account in Britain with ground conditions in his favour. Others to follow Taunton 2.10 Toubab, 2.40 Vodka Brook, 3.10 Watergate, 3.40 Valentine Vic, 4.10 Pass Me A Dime, 4.40 Karasenir. Folkestone 3.20 Hobb's Dream, 3.50 Pistolet Dove, 4.20 Epee Celeste.

Topspeed Dave Edwards Pistolet Dove (3.50 Folkestone) Won with a bit left in the locker on his chasing debut at Leicester in December and Philip Hobbs's lightly raced eight-year-old looks set to follow up.

Racing Post Ratings Steve Mason Near The Water (4.20 Folkestone, nap) Has strung together three good runs, including one over course and distance, and the form of his latest Fontwell second to the progressive Lord Singer suggests he could still be a step ahead of the handicapper. Strong fancy for what looks a weaker race.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2010
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