Diva to keep backers Happy
Happy Diva is Anita Chambers' nap for Friday's racing – her preview has a tip for every UK and Irish race taking place.
Kerry Lee: Trains Happy Diva
DUNDALK: 4.55 Go Kart, 5.30 Full Shilling, 6.00 Thomas O'Malley, 6.30 Dance Alone, 7.00 Udogo, 7.30 Fisherman's Blues, 8.00 Lucent Dream, 8.30 Against The Breeze.
KEMPTON: 2.00 Burauq, 2.30 Still Waiting, 3.00 Saleh, 3.30 The Blues Master, 4.00 Dream Factory, 4.30 Dutch Golden Age, 5.00 Calypso Choir.
LUDLOW: 12.50 Blue Comet, 1.20 Overtown Express, 1.50 Abricot De L'Oasis, 2.20 You Too Pet, 2.50 Fidux, 3.20 Majestic Moll, 3.50 Cockney Wren.
WETHERBY: 12.35 Dusty Raven, 1.05 HAPPY DIVA (NAP), 1.35 What A Moment, 2.10 Lakeside Castle, 2.40 Amber Gambler, 3.10 Hogan's Height, 3.40 Hear No Evil.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Temple Road, 6.15 India Jane, 6.45 AMBER MYSTIQUE (NAP), 7.15 Sund City, 7.45 Vogueatti, 8.15 Ocean Promise.
Happy Diva is very difficult to oppose at Wetherby when she goes in pursuit of back-to-back victories.
Kerry Lee's charge acquitted herself well in maiden company with success, but had her limitations exposed in a Listed event at Newbury in November.
She made her handicap debut at Fontwell on Boxing Day and made a mockery of her mark of 114 with a bloodless victory.
The handicapper has handed her a 16lb hiker, but she contests the three-mile mares' handicap hurdle under a 7lb penalty and she should make the most of the opportunity.
Dusty Raven failed to hit the mark in nine Flat outings but his initial second over hurdles suggests he could be good enough to claim something like Racing UK-sponsored juvenile maiden hurdle.
Coming up against a short-priced favourite, Dusty Raven did himself no favours by taking a strong hold at Fontwell on Boxing Day, but the experience should not be wasted on him here.
Fidux prevailed by just a short head on his jumping bow but can keep up the good work in the juvenile hurdle at Ludlow.
A dual winner on the Flat in France, Fidux was quick off the mark for Alan King, just getting the better of a bobbing finish at Catterick.
He possibly just idled a little in front before rallying again when headed and looks the type to remain an upward curve.
Amber Mystique landed a first career success at Lingfield last week and she can make it a swift double at Wolverhampton.
The four-year-old failed to get her head in front in three starts for Richard Fahey last year, but switched to the care of Kristin Stubbs, Amber Mystique soon grabbed the spotlight for her new handler.
Tried in a Newcastle maiden last month, Amber Mystique had to settle for second on her debut for the yard, beaten just under two lengths in what was her first start since September 2015.
That outing obviously had the desired effect as she was much sharper in Surrey just over a week ago, showing a good attitude to run out a three-quarter-length winner of what appeared to be a decent maiden event.
Amber Mystique must shoulder a 6lb penalty for that success, but given her progressive profile and the fact she remains only lightly raced, the Sakhee filly could have plenty more to give ahead of the 32Red.com EBF Fillies' Handicap.
Vogueatti is another that opened her account in the dying days of 2016 who can follow up on her handicap bow in the 32Red-sponsored fillies' handicap.
The four-year-old did not actually make her racecourse bow until last November, when she ran a race full of promise to finish third over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford.
Returned to the same course and distance three days before Christmas, Vogueatti made no mistakes as she saw off Sea Dweller by half a length despite running in snatches a little bit.
She did not travel anywhere near as well as the second that day but still proved too sharp at the finish, which certainly bodes well for the future.
Vogueatti is clearly not one of trainer Marco Botti's stable stars but she can make her mark here off a rating of 75.
The Blues Master is currently still entered in the Derby but while his Epsom entry looks well beyond him, the mile-and-a-half maiden should be within his compass.
Mark Johnston's charge failed to cut much ice in three turf outings last summer and has shown only limited ability in subsequent all-weather starts.
His recent second at Lingfield would represent only fair form, but he might not have to be anything special to win here.
Posted at 1400 BST on 05/01/07.
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