Legend to lay out Festival claims
Chris Wilson says Cheltenham Festival runner-up Dusky Legend has to be backed at Newbury on Thursday.
Alan King: Trains Dusky Legend
CHELMSFORD: 4.40 Odelouca, 5.15 Acertwo, 5.50 Brasted, 6.25 ERHAAF (NAP), 7.00 Wealth Tax, 7.30 Firmdecisions, 8.00 Port Isaac.
MARKET RASEN: 1.05 Vivas, 1.40 Lost In Lecce, 2.10 Druids Folly, 2.45 Cresswell Breeze, 3.20 Bar de Ligne, 3.55 Unify.
MUSSELBURGH: 12.45 Stone Quercus, 1.15 Taurian, 1.50 Faithful Mount, 2.20 Castletown Bridge, 2.55 Venue, 3.30 Royal McNab, 4.05 Senatus.
NEWBURY: 12.55 Tower Of Allen, 1.30 Harry Hunt, 2.00 Ericht, 2.35 Dusky Legend, 3.10 Bigbadjohn, 3.45 Barizan, 4.15 Hidden Cargo.
THURLES: 12.50 Listen Dear, 1.20 Kilcarry Bridge, 1.55 Moonlit Theatre, 2.25 The Fitz Lady, 3.00 Forever Dylan, 3.35 Sparkalark, 4.10 Hardline.
Dusky Legend has to be backed in the Whitley Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.
Alan King's inmate holds the best form in this race, having finished second to Limini in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Her runaway victory at Warwick in May also bodes well as the long road back to Prestbury Park begins in earnest.
It would be very surprising if Dusky Legend regressed upon her return to the fray in Berkshire.
Cresswell Breeze can claim a nice prize at Market Rasen when she takes the plunge in the Bud Booth Mares' Chase.
Trained in Dorset by the capable Anthony Honeyball, the six-year-old is a pretty nice horse and should be up to the job in this Listed affair over three miles.
Cresswell Breeze turned in some pretty stout performance in good company last season and looked in particularly good order at Punchestown in April.
Connections must have been delighted with her in Ireland as she got to within three-quarters of a length of Definite Ruby in a two-mile-five-furlong handicap chase for mares.
With this return to a longer distance almost certainly likely to suit, Honeyball must have high hopes of a big show from Cresswell Breeze at the Lincolnshire circuit.
At Musselburgh, Royal MacNab can end a frustrating run of seconds in the Racing UK HD Handicap Chase.
Trained by Rebecca Menzies, the eight-year-old has been given a break since running well without much reward at Perth in the summer.
Twice a winner at Musselburgh already, the ground comes alike to him.
Heading onto the all-weather, Erhaaf might be the answer to the At totepoolracing Win Tickets On Twitter Handicap at Chelmsford.
The American-bred gelding showed a good attitude when gaining a narrow verdict on his racecourse debut over this course and distance back in March, but has presumably had his problems having made just one competitive appearance since.
He returned from four months off in what was quite a warm race at Newmarket in July and shaped with plenty of promise to finish fourth.
The winner, Brorocco, is now rated 85, while the runner-up, Wild Hacked, has struck gold twice since and has a lofty mark of 97.
Owner-breeder Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum clearly felt Erhaaf was not going to live up to expectations and he was moved on in August for just £8,500.
He makes his first start for Charlie Fellowes in Essex after switching from Owen Burrows' yard and if he can be kept sound, he could prove a bargain buy.
Port Isaac can reward those who keep the faith in the concluding Celebrate Christmas At CCR Maiden Stakes.
Marcus Tregoning's charge was beaten just a head into second on first two starts and filled the runner-up spot for a third time at Kempton a fortnight ago.
There does not appear to be anything wrong with his attitude and he should be hard to beat in a race that will not take much winning.
Posted at 1320 GMT on 02/11/16.
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