We start with the only jumps card on Wednesday at Leicester in a Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Chicora was a winner at Market Rasen on his chasing debut and looked like there could be more to come from here over these larger obstacles. He did make a few errors in that round of jumping but he’ll have learnt from them. This six-year-old shouldn’t mind winter ground and looked like a staying chaser by the way he saw out his race. The handicapper has put him up 6lb for that success but there looks to be more to come.
Oliver Sherwood’s Its A Sting was pulled up at Stratford on his return where he was pulled up before the last after fading quickly. That run should help him from a fitness perspective but the step-up in trip would be a concern with all his form so far at two miles but he did finish second at Ascot behind Arpege D’Alene at close to this trip.
Lovely Job makes his chasing debut on the back of a 249-day absence plus a chance of yards. He’s now with Fergal O’Brien after being moved from Donald McCain, if like the rest of those that have been moved then he could be involved. He’s shaped like a stayer over hurdles and looked like a chaser in the making. He is one to watch. Hindon Road also makes his return and chasing debut. He ran respectively over hurdles and if tuned up could make a winning return.
Lingfield hosts a ten-runner seven-furlong race, where there could be a winning grey.
Arnold Lane was a winner by a head at Chelmsford last time but transferring that form onto this surface could prove tricky. He ran on well late on to take victory from Georgian Bay and that performance could possibly be upgrading. Up just 2lb in the handicap but this six-year-old doesn’t look like one to back-up his form.
Crazy Chic was only beaten by three lengths in the Grey’s race at Newmarket. That was a strongly run race and one where the form has been franked on numerous occasions. Marco Botti’s charge won his next two starts following that run, including once here. However he had no luck in the run at Chelmsford when behind the aforementioned Arnold Lane. You can forgive him that run and the return to this surface could benefit him. Drawn in stall four gives him the ideal chance to get good track position and get the race ran to suit him.
Roger Varian has finally reached for the visor to help Certificate, who has plenty of two’s by his name. He got off the mark in a maiden over the extended mile but hasn’t won since. The drop in trip could be a beneficial one and is respected having only had one run on the all-weather, which came at Kempton. Hillbilly Boy is looking better handicapped after every run. His is now only 2lb higher than his last winning mark and has some good form on paper. He has had seven runs at this venue winning three and placing twice. He is one that could figure for Fergus Sweeney and Tom Dascombe.
Crazy Chic (WIN)
Wednesday night is Kempton night and a Nursery is where we find our final selection.
Sir Roger Moore has had five runs and some have them been in good company. He showed potential on debut when third to Seastrom and seemed to handle the artificial surface at Lingfield when last seen. This is his first run at seven furlongs and the further he steps-up in trip might suit him. For how long it has taken Charlie Hills to run him over further may suggest he has been slow coming to hand. The handicapper gave him an opening mark of 81 and here he runs off 73. This looks like a winnable race and for me still has potential.
Jamie Osborne’s Ice Royal won by a neck on debut at Wolverhampton and he’s been given a mark of 73 from the handicapper. That was only his third first-time out winner this campaign which could indicate he is one to keep an eye on over the winter. A draw in stall ten wouldn’t be the most ideal and could encounter traffic problems in the home straight if running on as strongly as his debut win.
Luke Morris is a successful jockey on the all-weather and takes the ride on Ed Walker’s Cosmopolitan Girl. This son of Dream Ahead has been knocking on the door placing on his last five occasions and isn’t without a chance despite the draw in stall 13 being less than ideal.
Jeremy Noseda has a fairly good strike rate on all weather surfaces. He saddles Cee Jay who has been given an opening mark of 72. His best run came on his second start when second to Fighting Temeraire, who is rated in the low eighties. If running to that level he could be a danger on his second start on this surface.
Richard Hannon’s yard has turned a corner of late and up to yesterday he had had six winners from 23 runners. He has two runners in this race with Boycie and Scottish Command. The former ran only seven days ago finishing fifth of nine over a mile. At the moment he looks a bit of a tripless sort but if running up to the level of his fourth to Gaspirali last month than would have a chance. Scottish Command has only had four runs over sprint trips and has bumped into Rosina and Whitman twice. On pedigree from the mare’s side this trip is likely to suit but on this occasion is one to watch.
Sir Roger Moore (E/W)