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Yorkhill to cure your hangover; Raise a glass to Mullins ace in Tolworth; Capard King for Ayr reign.

Byline: Garry Owen

Willie Mullins is confident a return to two miles will not inconvenience Yorkhill in the 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown today.

The six-year-old kept a lower profile than some of his stable companions as a bumper horse, but impressed on his second start under Rules at the Punchestown Festival and made a flying start to his hurdling career at the same track in early December.

Ruby Walsh's mount comes back in distance for his first Grade One assignment, but Mullins is not concerned, with conditions at the Esher venue sure to be testing.

He said: "I'm looking forward to running Yorkhill and it will be a stiff two miles around Sandown on that ground, so I don't have any worries about bringing him back in trip.

"It's going to be a tough race, so it will give us an idea what he's going to do for the rest of the season.

"He hasn't run in Grade One TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE bumpers, but he shows plenty at home, so we're looking forward to him."

Owner Graham Wylie has been particularly complimentary about his former smart bumper horse, testing ground holds no fears and all Cheltenham options are open at this stage.

In-form Venetia Williams can enjoy a good day at the Esher track where ARTHuR'S oAK (1.50) can start the log rolling.

The lightly raced gelding is on a hat-trick after opening his account over fences at Huntingdon in April. He followed up at Haydock last month with a demolition job of his field.

Liam Treadwell went straight to the front and while he looked to be taking a strong hold he jumped his rivals ragged and came home 17 lengths clear eased down. The handicapper obviously took a dim view and raised him 15lb but after only five starts over fences he has the potential to raise his game. If Aidan Coleman finds a nice rhythm on him they could be a tough act to reel in.

The Herefordshire trainer can also strike with ReNARD (3.00) in the valuable veterans' chase. He finished last of five on his first start for 10 months at Carlisle last month behind Tullamore Dew but ran much too freely under Coleman and paid the price coming home tired.

The handicapper has dropped him 4lb for that outing and if Liam Treadwell can settle him he will come on for his last run.

Jonjo O'Neill's See THe RoCK (3.35) is the call in the lucky last. The six-year-old Shirocco gelding was useful on the Flat in Germany, winning four times.

He stepped up on his hurdling debut at Plumpton with a game short head victory over the smart Final Nudge at Market Rasen.

He disappointed at Leicester last time but makes his handicap debut here off a mark off 124 and remains of interest with Johnson booked again.

Jonjo's course and distance winner CAPARD KING (2.05) looks certain to take all the beating despite top weight in the handicap chase at Ayr.

A winner three times over hurdles including an all the way victory under Tony McCoy in a handicap at Ayr in April, the Beneficial gelding made a successful debut over fences at Southwell in November.

Richard Johnson got him jumping well and he showed a good attitude to hold on by a neck. He looks a natural over fences and should give a good account.

to TAP NIGHT (2.40) has proved expensive to follow but the JP McManus-owned gelding recaptured some of his old sparkle when landing a handicap hurdle at Musselburgh last month.

He looks well handicapped on his form when second to Captain Conan in a Grade 1 chase at Aintree in 2013 and if Lucinda Russell can keep him in the mood he'll go close.

BALLYNANTY (3.20) can score for trainer Andrew Balding at Chelmsford. He looked unlucky at Wolverhampton when caught in a pocket and just failed to collar Alan King's First Mohican who got first run on him last time.

Given a better passage, the grey son of Yeats should provide the smart Oisin Murphy with a bit of compensation.

Ea rl i e r on the card, LANCeLoT Du LAC (2.15) can score for Dean Ivory. Six of the Shamardal gelding's wins have come over six furlongs, with his other victory over seven, but he has performed with credit at the minimum trip and was only beaten a head over five at Meydan last winter.

Ballynanty will be very difficult to beat if Oisin keeps him out of trouble


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2016
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