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Upswing can allay fears of McManus.

JONJO O'Neill is a little wary about the Chepstow ground for Upswing, but his fears can swiftly be allayed if he does what is expected of him in the Coral Welsh National. Twice a winner in the heavy stuff, the JP McManus-owned eight-yearold has long been targeted for this race, and the plan can come together nicely for Barry Geraghty.

Upswing confirmed his aptitude for a stamina test at Cheltenham in November, when a close second to Sausalito Sunrise in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase, and has been given a nice little break in preparation for the Welsh National.

O'Neill won this race with future Gold Cup hero Synchronised in 2011 and he looks to have another ideal McManus improver in his care.

Brother Tedd has the constitution to manfully defy top weight in the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.

The Philip Hobbs-trained sevenyear-old will not find it easy at the summit of the handicap, but he is unbeaten in three previous races at the course and is still progressing.

He looked especially useful over course and distance at the beginning of November when he thumped none other than Silviniaco Conti, who was admittedly giving away bags of weight.

Brother Tedd was then sent into action at Ascot when a rather stopstart pace did not help his cause in the Grade Two Coral Hurdle.

That said, he was only beaten two and a half lengths by Rock On Ruby, with the runner-up Court Minstrel only a short head in front of him at the line.

The Hobbs team will not want too much more rain, but Brother Tedd has won before on soft ground so that might not be that big an issue if the going gets tough.

Captain Cat looked a little more like his old self at Chelmsford in September and can kick on in the Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

Ivan Furtado can add further credence to his blossoming career by saddling Zaeem to victory in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell on Sunday. Zaeem won three consecutive races for Furtado last summer but appeared snared by the assessor in six previous outings.

But that theory was swiftly scotched just over a week ago when he absolutely hosed up in a tight-looking Southwell handicap over seven furlongs.

The assessor was obviously quick to react, bumping him up 10lb to a career-high mark of 90, but Zaeem is a tough cookie and clearly on the march. Justin Newman's 5lb claim will also help in a race lacking strength in depth.

Consistent veteran Northside Prince can finally gain a long-overdue Southwell success in the Coral Handicap, while Baily Green should be followed in the feature race at Fairyhouse, the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase SARABAND'S SELECTIONS TODAY CHEPSTOW: 12.35 Maxanisi, 1.10 Gevrey Chambertin, 1.45 UPSWING (NAP), 2.20 Jaboltiski, 2.55 Subtle Grey, 3.25 Otago Trail, 4.00 Matchaway.

KEMPTON: 12.15 Directional, 12.50 Balgarry, 1.25 Tapaculo, 2.00 Ptit Zig, 2.35 Brother Tedd, 3.10 Harry's Farewell, 3.45 Jumps Road.

LINGFIELD: 12.10 Aleator, 12.45 Singyoursong, 1.20 Hombre Rojo, 1.55 Perfect Alchemy, 2.30 Captain Cat, 3.05 King Of Spin, 3.40 Wavelet. DOUBLE: Upswing and Brother Tedd.

SUNDAY SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Fortinbrass, 1.10 Kingsley Klarion, 1.40 Northside Prince, 2.10 Elusivity, 2.40 ZAEEM (NAP), 3.10 Spitfire, 3.40 Midnight Destiny.

DOUBLE: Zaeem and Northside Prince.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2016
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