Back Blue Heron to fly home
Anita Chambers has a selection for every race on Friday, with Blue Heron fancied to strip fitter for his reappearance and win.
DOWN ROYAL: 12.45 Bosco Di Alco, 1.15 Airlie Beach, 1.50 Apple's Jade, 2.25 Better Back Bob, 3.00 Be The Hero, 3.35 Lord Lir, 4.05 Morgan.
DUNDALK: 6.05 Slumming Angel, 6.35 Sweetie Jar, 7.05 Toccata Blue, 7.35 Stamp Of Authority, 8.05 Vitello, 8.35 Aurellia, 9.05 Kalann.
FONTWELL: 1.00 Yukon Delta, 1.35 Tagrita, 2.10 Mystic Sky, 2.45 Innocent Girl, 3.20 No Hassle Hoff, 3.55 David Cricket.
HEXHAM: 1.10 Kings Eclipse, 1.45 Ryedale Racer, 2.20 Solstice Dawn, 2.55 Pretty Miss Mahler, 3.30 Mumgos Debut, 4.00 Bescot Springs.
NEWCASTLE: 3.50 Sunglider, 4.20 Oberyn, 4.50 Eternalist, 5.20 Galilee Chapel, 5.50 I'm Super Too, 6.20 Bell Heather, 6.50 Gaelic Wizard, 7.20 Slingsby.
WARWICK: 12.50 Ahraam, 1.25 Linguine, 2.00 Blue Heron, 2.35 Innoko, 3.10 Brownville, 3.45 Ballydague Lady, 4.15 Melangerie.
DOUBLE: Bell Heather and Blue Heron.
Blue Heron suffered a shock reverse on his fencing bow but can make amends with victory in the Lewis Badges 1832 Novices' Chase at Warwick.
Rated 155 over hurdles, Dan Skelton's charge was sent off an odds-on favourite at Market Rasen when tackling a chase event for the first time but he had to give best to Viens Chercher, who proved too smart at the end.
However, Blue Heron deserves plenty of credit as he jumped well throughout and can be forgiven for lacking a finishing punch as it was his first racecourse outing in 18 months.
Expect a sharper performance this time.
It would be a bit of a turn-up if Apple's Jade did not win the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal.
Gordon Elliott's new recruit is a potential star in the making, having backed up her second-placed finish in the Triumph Hurdle with Grade One victories at Aintree and at Punchestown.
It perhaps goes without saying that she is only going to get better as a four-year-old as connections begin to plot towards the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next March.
With the Grade Two at Down Royal having cut up quite badly, this really ought to be a formality.
Bell Heather can make a seamless switch to the all-weather with victory in the Brewin Dolphin Handicap at Newcastle.
Richard Fahey's charge has won one of her 10 starts to date on turf and while that return could hardly be rated prolific, it at least shows she has a modicum of ability.
A winner on her debut at Lingfield last August, Bell Heather unsurprisingly found eventual Group One winner Ventura Storm too good on her second juvenile outing, but her efforts had encouraged the handicapper to award her a mark of 80 at the start of 2016.
She initially found it tough going off that perch, before the assessor started to relent slightly and eased her a couple of pounds, a difference that has put her on the premises on her last couple of outings.
The Iffraaj filly twice finished behind Lincoln Rocks at Haydock and Hamilton in August, just lacking a change in gear to really take a hand in the finish.
However, her mark of 77 looks a little more workable and she is worth a try on this new surface, particularly as some of her better efforts have been on easier ground.
Sunglider could have something up his sleeve ahead of the Brewin Dolphin "Confined" Handicap.
Yet to win in 10 career starts, he has at least placed on six occasions and is clearly not without ability.
Trainer David O'Meara only made the switch to handicap company with his charge last month and while he has yet to really show his best, it must be noted that his current perch of 74 is some 11lb below his starting mark last August.
He finished fourth last time out after sitting a fair way off the pace, so slightly more positive tactics could be employed to good effect here.
Eternalist can employ her front-running style to good effect in the Lycetts Maiden Stakes.
Three times she has tried to make all only to be outpointed in the finish but her time could finally come in what looks to be an average event.
It is the first day of the Breeders' Cup meeting at Santa Anita and the O'Brien family look sure to be celebrating as both Aidan and Joseph appear to hold fantastic chances.
Intelligence Cross can thrive for the step up to a mile and land the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for O'Brien snr, while Joseph can secure a landmark success in his first season as a trainer with Intricately in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf.
The Distaff is the main event of the night and it is impossible to oppose Songbird as she bids to extend her unbeaten run to 12 for Jerry Hollendorfer.
Winner of six Grade One heats already, a low-grade fever saw her miss a shot at Classic glory in the spring, but four wins since her return in June will certainly have eased the blow and victory in this will confirm her position at the head of the female division.
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