No doubting Thomas at Ascot
Nick Robson fancies Thomas Campbell to win the Sky Bet Supreme trial at Ascot on Friday as he provides a tip for every race.
Thomas Campbell (right) can upstage his stablemate and win the Sky Bet trial
ASCOT: 12.45 Criq Rock, 1.20 Imperial Presence, 1.55 Thomas Campbell, 2.30 Politilogue, 3.05 Fortunate George, 3.40 Boreham Bill.
DUNDALK: 5.30 Duplication, 6.00 Ellaria, 6.30 Cresendo, 7.00 Captain K, 7.30 Turn On The Tears, 8.00 Chosen Rock, 8.30 Chiclet, 9.00 Zanjabeel.
NEWCASTLE: 12.25 Bizzarria, 1.00 Dusty Bin, 1.35 Aldreth, 2.10 Thello, 2.45 Canford Belle, 3.20 Yeeoow, 3.50 Landing Night.
UTTOXETER: 12.05 Longtown, 12.35 Wolf Sword, 1.10 Pink Gin, 1.45 State The Obvious, 2.20 Albert D'Olivate, 2.55 Saint John Henry, 3.30 Rock My Style.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 3.45 Petit Filous, 4.15 RED GUNNER (NAP), 4.45 Second Thought, 5.15 Angelic Lord, 5.45 Or So, 6.15 Kodimoor, 6.45 Canford Thompson.
DOUBLE: Red Gunner and Politologue.
Paul Nicholls' Politologue looks a youngster of immense potential and he is out to confirm that promise in the Mitie Noel Novices' Chase at Ascot.
Beset by problems since moving from France, in fleeting glimpses he looked a nice horse.
On his chasing debut at Haydock he looked an absolute natural, slamming the useful Vintage Clouds by 10 lengths without coming off the bridle.
He does not turn six for another couple of weeks so keeping him at this intermediate trip of just over two and a half miles looks a good move for now.
Hopefully he confirms the impression he made on Merseyside.
Thomas Campbell looks the one in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle for Nicky Henderson.
The Seven Barrows handler did have stablemate Jenkins engaged in this but after just one run, where he did jump very novicey, so it seems wise to run Thomas Campbell who has a touch more experience.
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He is far from the finished article himself of course, and was more impressive on his second outing in a better race with a penalty which suggests he will only improve for more experience.
Stablemate Lough Derg Spirit is the better fancied of the pair but despite earning quotes for the Supreme after his taking first win, Henderson already views him as a chaser.
As usual conditions will be fairly testing at Uttoxeter but that will suit Albert D'Olivate Betfred "Wishes You A Merry Christmas" Handicap Chase.
Robert Walford's charge will strip fitter for his first run of the season at Exeter when a very creditable third and his only win to date came on heavy ground.
Red Gunner looks just the type with which William Haggas excels and he takes the eye in the 32Red.com Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Sent off favourite at Doncaster on his racecourse debut at the end of the turf season, he looked all at sea for the first three-quarters of the race.
When the penny did eventually drop he ran on nicely, without being asked too many serious questions, to be beaten a total of four lengths.
Not surprisingly he knew much more about the job three weeks later when sent to Wolverhampton for what looked, on paper at least, a weaker contest, yet this time he was not the market leader.
Stepped up a furlong in trip to seven, despite hanging to his left he was too good for his rivals, winning by three-quarters of a length.
Quite what the form is worth is hard to weigh up, the runner-up has been beaten again since so is no superstar, but Red Gunner is in the right hands, is bred to improve with experience and an opening mark of 79 could be workable.
Haggas could quite feasibly fire in a quick double as his Second Thought reappears after a lengthy absence in the £10 Free At 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.
Beaten just a length on his debut at Salisbury in May be Repton, Second Thought has obviously met with a problem to only be having his second run now.
For his part, the Richard Hannon-trained winner went on to prove himself very able, running with credit in the Vintage and Solario Stakes.
A reproduction of his Salisbury run will surely be enough for Second Thought to oblige.
Petit Filous can provide Giles Bravery with a rare winner in the 32Red Casino Maiden Auction Stakes.
Sixth of 11 on debut at 100/1, he stepped up on that when third of 10 at Chelmsford.
Bravery has found a weak race and he should oblige.
More can be expected from John Gosden's Bizzarria in the 32Red.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newcastle.
Gosden has a good strike-rate since the switch to all-weather at Gosforth Park and he looks to have found a nice opening for the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid.
Quite strongly fancied for her debut at Kempton, she never picked up the bit but she must have been showing enough at home.
A sister to Cannock Chase, she might want further in time but a mile will be fine for now.
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