Star quality to shine at Kempton
Anita Chambers has a tip for every race on Monday, with Josses Hill among those in action on a good card at Kempton.
Josses Hill should outclass two rivals
CARLISLE: 1.10 Lyme Park, 1.45 Gully's Edge, 2.20 Derintoher Yank, 2.50 Seldom Inn, 3.25 Superior Command, 4.00 Frobisher Bay.
FAIRYHOUSE: 12.50 Cassells Rock, 1.20 Moss Grove, 1.50 Icario, 2.25 Sutton Manor, 2.55 Balzac Turgot, 3.30 Ted, 4.05 Theo.
KEMPTON: 1.00 Bandsman, 1.30 Little Pop, 2.00 Coastal Tiep, 2.30 Potters Legend, 3.05 Parish Business, 3.40 Josses Hill, 4.10 The Unit.
NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Bombay Dream, 2.40 Stamford Raffles, 3.15 MUTADAFFEQ (NAP), 3.50 Vuela, 4.20 Lethal Impact, 4.50 Fire Diamond, 5.20 Never In Doubt, 5.50 Lotara.
DOUBLE: Mutadaffeq and Josses Hill
Josses Hill can get his season off to a winning start in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Graduation Chase at Kempton.
A classy hurdler a couple of seasons ago, it is fair to say he has not been a natural over fences so far.
His ability, which saw him finish second to Vautour in a Supreme Novices' Hurdle, is not in doubt, but he has made some peculiar shapes jumping the bigger obstacles.
His novice season was not a total write-off – he finished third in the Arkle to Un De Sceaux and jumped as well that day as he had on any other.
Last year his old jumping frailties returned in the Tingle Creek where he took a heavy fall but he had a confidence-boosting win over God's Own in a graduation chase at Kempton before he finished down the field in the Ryanair.
A small field seems logical to start him back and if it all clicks there is still time for him to become a top-class chaser, although with just two rivals in opposition it's unlikely he'll represent any sort of value on this occasion.
Parish Business can follow up his recent Fontwell verdict in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier).
He looked a decent performer a couple of seasons ago but lost his way in the interim before bouncing back in style last time. He could still be a few pounds ahead of the handicapper.
Bandsman brings solid enough bumper form to the table for the BetVictor Novices' Hurdle and will be expected to go close to making a winning start over obstacles for Dan Skelton.
Lucy Wadham has a smart prospect on her hands in Potters Legend who makes his chasing debut in the Weatherbys Racing Diaries Novices' Chase.
He showed his potential when second in the EBF Final at Sandown when second to Barney Dwan, who he also meets again here.
Potters Legend might just be more the type to take to fences, though, and ran a fine race upped to Grade One class at Aintree when third to Ballyoptic.
Malcolm Jefferson has surely never had such a stable of nice young horses in his care and one of those, Gully's Edge, makes his chasing debut in the ApolloBet Home Of Cashback Offers Novices' Chase at Carlisle.
Wins at Hexham and Ayr showed he had a decent level of ability but he has always been a chaser in the making and starts in that discipline now.
Sandy Thomson has also started the season well and his Seldom Inn can take advantage of the 8lb he gets off sole rival Onenightinvienna in the ApolloBet Online Casino And Games Graduation Chase.
He looked smart as a novice hurdler but then lost his way slightly.
Well backed on his reappearance in a decent race at Kelso, he looked a different proposition and Thomson said he had sorted a few issues out and hopes he can progress further.
Mutadaffeq can make a seamless switch from maiden company with victory in the Betway Handicap at Newcastle.
The three-year-old failed to strike in three outings for Kevin Prendergast in Ireland and was duly shipped out of the yard at the Doncaster sales in August, being snapped up by his current connections for £30,000.
Sent to David O'Meara, the New Approach gelding has been tried twice in maiden company at Newcastle in recent weeks, failing to win on both occasions but running with a glimmer of promise each time.
That comment is particularly applicable to his last run as although he was beaten six lengths by St Malo, that rival was clearly a cut above and there was a further 10 lengths back to the third.
The handicapper had him with a rating of 80 that day but for his first start when that number really counts, Mutadaffeq has actually been dropped 5lb to 75.
That looks an eminently workable starting point and O'Meara could have placed this runner to good effect.
Lethal Impact is an eyecatching newcomer in the vertem.co.uk EBF Maiden Stakes.
A son of Deep Impact out of Musical Way, he is a full-brother to dual Japanese Grade One winner Mikki Queen and was sold for well over £1million as a foal back in 2014.
A Newcastle maiden in November may not be an obvious starting point for such a colt, but he can go on to bigger and better things in due course.
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