Devil out to star at Newbury

Red Devil Star is bidding for back-to-back wins over fences in the Betfred Mobile Novices' Handicap Chase at Newbury on Wednesday.

Red Devil Star (l) and Champagne At Tara meet again

The £10,000 contest over an extended two miles, which went the way of high-class chaser Top Gamble in 2015, has attracted a small but select field of six.

Red Devil Star and Champagne At Tara clash for the second consecutive race having clashed at Ascot last time with the former prevailing by a neck.

Red Devil Star was runner-up in a similar contest at Wincanton in November before finishing third in an open handicap chase at Sandown Park in early December.

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Trainer Suzy Smith, who is based at Lewes in East Sussex, said: "I was really pleased with Red Devil Star at Ascot.

"I think in an ideal world, he probably wants a furlong or two further than tomorrow's trip but the fact the ground is soft may just help him.

"We meet Champagne At Tara again and I suppose it is slightly unfortunate we can't use Jack Sherwood again to take off three pounds. But Micheal Nolan knows Red Devil Star very well, having won on him over hurdles.

"We are going there with a good chance and hopefully he will be bang there at the finish."

The line-up is completed by Max Ward, who was not disgraced on his penultimate start when third in the Grade One Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown Park, Theatre Flame, Britanio Bello and Zigger Zagger.

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