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14:40 Lingfield

Smurphy Enki is a nice horse with plenty of potential and after an easy victory in a novice hurdle at Plumpton he was thrown in the deep end in the Grade 1 Tolworth. This would suggest connections think highly of him as he was sent off at only 8/1 that day, but struggled to get involved. After a break he resumed winning ways over further back at Plumpton and definitely has a chance today.

Despite his obvious chance he is however overlooked on this occasion in favour of Sheldon. A progressive type last season and acquitted himself well in two really competitive Sandown handicaps. He looks sure to appreciate today’s trip and may get a little further when he strengthens up. Another key factor is the weight he receives from Smurphy Enki which might just tip the balance in Seamus Mullins' runners favour.

Belle De March is also worth a mention after showing glimpses of a ability and could fill the final Tricast spot.



15:00 Fakenham

This looks a good opportunity for Quoi De Neuf to get his career back on track and finally fulfil some of his earlier promise. It wasn’t that long ago this horse looked to have serious potential until the wheels came off. His hurdle form was very good and his chasing debut was more than respectable, following home Canelo who turned out to be a very a decent chaser himself. It’s hard to know what went wrong in his two subsequent starts, but if he’s over what was troubling him, a mark of 127 surely allows him to potentially go under the radar.

No Comment, albeit a ten year old, still qualifies for novice company and has plenty of experience. However he is not easy to win with and is not an obvious candidate to follow up.

Major Dundee looks the most likely to follow home the selection and despite his in and out form over hurdles there’s no doubt he’s going to make a better chaser.


written by Matt Polley


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