Racing: Punters' Guide

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1.15: MUSKHILL has the potential to be a top contender for the Royal SunAlliance Hurdle at Cheltenham next month. After a successful bumper career, he overcame a last-flight blunder to win on his hurdles debut at Ascot. Calon Lan is considered to have a bright future and will be staying on strongly.

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1.45: Royale Angela seeks a five-timer here and cannot be ruled out after gamely holding off all challengers in a decent event at Uttoxeter last time. SPLENDID THYNE, though, is classier and looks capable of giving 12lb to the locally trained bottom weight.

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2.15: A fit Tennessee Twist could defy the burden of top weight here but an absence of over a year raises doubts. Orswell Lad has previously had problems staying this trip on this demanding track. Dom Samourai, in contrast, is likely to be staying on best of all. OTTOWA has the best credentials however. When winning at Uttoxeter a fortnight ago he had leading Grand National candidate Him Of Praise back in third.

NEWCASTLE

2.30: Addington Boy and SPARKY GAYLE are refugees from chasing, but while the former is using this as a prep for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the selection, who acts on this ground, is attempting to re-establish his reputation.

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3.05: INDIAN ARROW, who was much improved for trying a longer trip last time, can follow up at the expense of Samlee.

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4.05: POLITICAL TOWER is consistent and quite capable of coping with lively ground. Blue Charm is improving and looks the danger.

WARWICK

3.10: WINN'S PRIDE was 44 lengths behind the winner when ninth of 12 runners at Uttoxeter a fortnight ago - hardly encouraging form. But the ground was testing then compared to the fast surface forecast today. Reg Hollinshead's Flat runners have hit form of late. Village King has form in the mud but his trainer says this five-year-old acts even better on firm ground and he is the danger.

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3.40: A scorching gallop is certain with Lake Kariba and Queen Of Spades in the field. Both have proved capable of finding more at the finish, but they could play into the hands of ASHWELL BOY. Richard Dunwoody is likely to be stalking the pace-setters throughout. His mount was a creditable third last time to leading novices Champleve and Classy Lad.

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4.10: David Nicholson runs Samuel Wilderspin. This six-year-old caught Skillwise to win at Cheltenham three weeks ago, but Skillwise's subsequent poor run at Wincanton failed to frank the form. SONG OF THE SWORD is consistent and looks superior.

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4.40: On his latest run 12-year-old Dublin Flyer hit back at claims that he is on the downgrade by putting up his best display so far this season with a third to Papillon at Cheltenham. He has been dropped 7lb since, and the younger SENOR EL BETRUTTI, up 8lb since his last run in a handicap, will need to be on his mettle.

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