Roll with Rock at Exeter
Chris Wilson previews Friday's racing and has a tip in every race, including Rock The Kasbah who is fancied to star at Exeter.
Rock The Kasbah: Looks a good bet at Exeter
DUNDALK: 5.30 Idyllic Acrylic, 6.00 Mulzamm, 6.30 Iskandar Prince, 7.00 Rock In Peace, 7.30 Pyla, 8.00 Almoner, 8.30 Poitin, 9.00 Mademoiselle Penny.
EXETER: 12.20 Samson, 12.55 Opening Batsman, 1.30 Vice Et Vertu, 2.05 Gonnabegood, 2.40 Wistari Rocks, 3.15 Rock The Kasbah, 3.50 Amoola Gold
LIMERICK: 11.45 Clara Sorrento, 12.15 Cadmium, 12.45 Cadeau Du Bresil, 1.20 Hurricane Darwin, 1.55 Canny Tom, 2.30 For Sinead, 3.05 Irish Bulletin, 3.40 Sense Of Urgency.
SANDOWN: 12.40 More Buck's, 1.15 Dino Velvet, 1.50 Antartica De Thaix, 2.25 Coeur Blimey, 3.00 Gores Island, 3.35 Swincombe Toby.
SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Hey Bob, 12.30 Dick Darsie, 1.05 On The Road, 1.40 LIGHTENING ROD (NAP), 2.15 Halcyon Days, 2.50 Royal Supremo, 3.25 Haighall.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Indigo Princess, 4.40 Mustarrid, 5.10 Italian Beauty, 5.45 Ubla, 6.15 Aguerooo, 6.45 Paper Faces, 7.15 Frozon, 7.45 Condamine.
Rock The Kasbah has an awful lot going for him in a hot-looking Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices' Chase at Exeter.
The Grade Three-winning hurdler really caught the eye on his fencing debut at Chepstow in October, when he jumped well en route to a two-length defeat of Our Kaempfer.
It was a race which has worked out very well indeed as the fourth horse home, Clan Des Obeaux, absolutely hosed up at Newbury last week and looks one of the brightest young prospects in Paul Nicholls' yard.
Rock The Kasbah was then sent into action at Cheltenham, where he contested a two-and-a-half-mile novice chase that has produced countless top-notchers.
Philip Hobbs' six-year-old could only finish third behind the exciting O O Seven, but the ground was relatively quick that day, which did not help his cause by any stretch of the imagination.
It was also nice to see Rock The Kasbah stay on late in the piece, which will give his trainer a few more options for later in the season.
This race is usually won by a good one, but the Hobbs runner would not look out of place on the roll of honour from what we have seen so far.
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Grade Two honours up for grabs at Sandown, where Coeur Blimey can strike a blow for relatively-unheralded Devon trainer Sue Gardner.
Gardner adores this five-year-old, and it is easy to see why after having claimed the scalp of subsequent Champion Bumper hero Ballyandy at Ascot last December.
He never quite carried it though at the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals, but reports from the Gardner team suggest Coeur Blimey has been working like an absolute dream ahead of his hurdling bow.
The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle does not look a particularly vintage renewal, yet the selection, who should get every yard of the two and a half miles, should still be available at good odds against penalised horses.
Lightening Rod can arrest a long losing streak at Sedgefield.
Mick Easterby's 11-year-old has not won for nearly two years, but he is handicapped accordingly and appears to be coming back to hand judged by a decent effort at Wetherby
Expect his wily trainer to have him cherry-ripe for the Bank's Amber Handicap Hurdle.
Aguerooo can score beneath the Wolverhampton floodlights on what could be a challenging night for punters.
Eight races of varying degrees of difficulty present many issues for Dunstall Park racegoers.
But Aguerooo did enough over this course and distance to suggest he could have a solid chance in the feature event, the Betway Handicap.
The gelded son of Monsieur Bond tends to run in hot streaks, having won three on the spin last winter.
He also doubled up at Lingfield earlier this year in the manner of a progressive animal.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old struggled in four subsequent outings, after which he was sent to Wolverhampton for a six-furlong sprint on October 1.
Not a lot was seemingly expected of him – he was sent on his way at odds of 33/1– but he actually did quite nicely from off the pace.
Aguerooo stayed on earnestly in the hands of Tom Marquand to finish fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths by Dougan, who won a nice race in Ireland on his last outing.
He again has a wide draw at Wolverhampton, but Hannon will surely see this as a nice opportunity now he has got his game together, while the appointment of Adam Kirby can be viewed as a statement of intent.
Frozon should be available at generous enough odds in the Betway App Handicap.
The Marjorie Fife-trained three-year-old is winless from nine starts, but he has shown spits and spots of reasonable form over the last year.
Frozon also turned in an interesting effort over a mile and a half at this track on November 19, when he was done no favours by a stop-start gallop.
Even so, he raced enthusiastically in stages and did well to get to within two and a half lengths of the winner, Stonecoldsoba.
Back in trip and now even lower in the weights, he could feasibly go well at a working man's price.
Posted at 1415 GMT on 02/12/16.
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