Lucky to strike at Leicester
Leicester hopeful Some Are Lucky is Chris Wilson's nap for Wednesday's racing – check out his race-by-race selections.
Tom George: Can score with Some Are Lucky
HEREFORD: 1.30 Miracle Cure, 2.00 Dig Deeper, 2.30 Ice Cool Champs, 3.00 Alcala, 3.30 Federici, 4.00 Pacha Du Polder, 4.30 Born For War.
KEMPTON: 2.20 Beauchamp Opal, 2.50 William Sayle, 3.20 Envisaging, 3.50 Garter, 4.20 Lexington Times, 4.50 Zabeel Star, 5.20 Thomas Blossom.
LEICESTER: 2.10 Ballinvarrig, 2.40 Paddocks Lounge, 3.10 Ozzy Thomas, 3.40 SOME ARE LUCKY (NAP), 4.10 Reigning Supreme, 4.40 Lake Chapala.
NEWCASTLE: 4.25 Go George Go, 5.00 Bloomin Lovely, 5.30 Zandradee, 6.00 Vatican Hill, 6.30 Mehdi, 7.00 Palenville.
Some Are Lucky can kick on in the HAC Pipeline Supplies Chase at Leicester on Wednesday.
The six-year-old was pretty consistent over hurdles for Tom George, but chasing looks more of his game judged by his Newbury debut on New Year's Eve.
Some Are Lucky jumped convincingly in a novices' limited handicap chase, but could not quite go through with his effort along the run-in.
He still fared promisingly in third place, beaten just a length and a quarter by the useful Belami Des Pictons.
The form from Berkshire was reassuringly emboldened at Cheltenham at the weekend as the fourth horse home that day, Potters Legend, went close in a hot novice handicap chase.
Some Are Lucky runs here off a revised mark of 132, but he looks quite a tidy horse and should be a capable operator at this grade.
Alcala is recognised as a major player for the 188bet.co.uk Chase at Hereford.
Paul Nicholls should be fairly optimistic about this one's chances if his pleasing fencing debut at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve is taken on face value.
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The seven-year-old grey jumped smartly in heavy ground to take third place behind Burtons Well, who only had the selection's measure by four and a quarter lengths.
Alcala is only going to improve for that run, while the prospect of demanding conditions can also be considered a sizeable boon.
He must have every chance off a fair-looking mark.
Federici ought to find life a little easier in the 188Bet Handicap Chase than in the North Yorkshire Grand National.
Donald McCain's new recruit wilted late on over three and three-quarters of a mile at Catterick, but connections must still have been really happy with the manner in which he travelled for the most part.
This shorter trip should do for him.
Consistent filly Garter can secure a third win since October when she rocks up at Kempton.
Charlie Hills' four-year-old has been in fine fettle on the all-weather, having stated her intentions with a cool course-and-distance success four months ago.
Garter continued her rise with another gutsy success at Lingfield in November and then lost barely a smidgen in defeat when a narrow runner-up at Kempton in December.
Next up for the daughter of Fastnet Storm was a return to Lingfield for a seven-furlong fillies' handicap a week ago.
Garter came fast and late in what was a fair race for the prize money, but she was compromised late on after having encountered traffic problems.
Whether she would have improved upon her third-placed finish behind Simply Me is debatable, but that good run at least served notice of her vitality.
Garter faces seven rivals, most of whom are either out of form or exposed, in a seven-furlong fillies' handicap in Sunbury.
It would, then, be a bit of a surprise if she did not go very close in the hands of Callum Shepherd, who again claims a handy 3lb.
Keep close tabs on Beauchamp Opal in the opening one-mile handicap.
Trained in Newmarket by Charlie Fellowes, this three-year-old daughter of Pastoral Pursuits was a bit of an eyecatcher over course and distance on January 6.
Held up from well off the pace, Stevie Donohoe and his partner made up plenty of late ground at the death to finish third, beaten under three lengths by Dangerous Ends.
The winner renews rivalry at Kempton, but she is now 5lb higher, whereas Fellowes' filly competes on the same mark.
Go George Go's winning run at Newcastle is unlikely to end in the Betway Handicap.
Alan Swinbank's grey has claimed four consecutive victories over this mile-and-a-half trip and is clearly still improving.
From what we have seen so far, another hike in the weights should not yet knock him off his stride.
Posted at 1420 GMT on 31/01/17.
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