Racing: Punters' Guide

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1.15: MILLERSFORD, who weakened from the second last when finishing an 11-length second to Steel Moss (11lb worse off today) in a 3m 1f novice chase at Wincanton last time out, had previously shaped as if this distance would suit him. Swanbister is an exciting prospect, but faces his toughest assignment over fences so far.

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1.45: ZANDER, far from disgraced in finishing three lengths third to Quistaquay and Mon Amie over 2m 4f at Chepstow last Saturday, is the pick of the weights. Nigel's Lad, with Tony McCoy booked, is the obvious danger.

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2.20: DOM SAMOURAI, an out-and-out stayer who impressed with the manner in which he battled on to finish second to Earth Summit in the Welsh National over 3m 5f at Chepstow in December and deservedly ran out the seven lengths winner of the Greenalls Grand National Trial over 3m 4f at Haydock last month - Call It A Day (8lb better off today) well-beaten - should be seen to even better effect over this marathon journey and can follow up. Kamikaze, clear when unseating his rider two out over 3m 4f here last time, looks the pick of the weights on that form, but needs to improve his jumping.

NEWCASTLE

2.30: Peter Beaumont's yard is recovering its form and WESTWELL BOY looks the most likely one to hold off Aly Daley.

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3.05: Lorcan Wyer can get FLAT TOP off the mark over fences.

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4.05: JENNIE'S PROSPECT has bundles of stamina, a quality needed on this tough track.

LINGFIELD

3.10: Mouse Bird did not have one of his going days when a distant fourth at Plumpton a month ago. Lobster Cottage, in contrast, is in great heart and bids for a hat-trick today. BLACK STATEMENT must carry 13lb more than his proper handicap mark but could surprise at big odds. Like most of Josh Gifford's chasers, this eight-year-old has been in the doldrums but the stable's Mandy's Mantino and Glitter Isle bounced back to be placed at Cheltenham this week. This gelding in nowhere near that class but this is a weak event.

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3.40: SADLER'S REALM's form makes it difficult to oppose him today. At Sandown last Saturday he was second to the runaway Imperial Cup winner, Blowing Wind, who followed up in the County Hurdle at the Festival. This five-year-old runs off a handicap mark only 2lb higher today.

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4.10: Farmost's five victories on sand have all been at Wolverhampton. It may pay to rely on RUNNING STAG, a Lingfield all-weather winner 12 months ago at today's distance. Chewit has won three times on the sand here - but each time at only 6f.

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4.40: A wide-open contest but it is worth noting that Josh Gifford quickly turns out GEORGETOWN again after he ran out at the second fence when his saddle slipped at Huntingdon on Wednesday. The stable seems to be running into form.

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