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DIDDLY DO (fourth, 1m7.5 bumper, Wincanton, Saturday, December 26)
Those who challenged late and wide dominated in the finale, with 20-1 shot DIDDLY DO catching the eye in fourth. Page Fuller had Jamie Snowden’s newcomer in the ‘swamp’ throughout and she can get off the mark next time.
FALCO BLITZ (second, 2m4.5f novices’ limited handicap chase, Kempton, Saturday, December 26)
It was an odd move to run FALCO BLITZ right-handed again, as he had jumped markedly out to his left when only fifth at Ascot on his previous start. He did so again here, doing well to creep into contention under a hold-up ride. He was just over seven lengths behind the winner at the line and will surely open his chase account when switched to a left-handed venue.
FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (second, 2m4f handicap chase, Wincanton, Saturday, December 26)
It was the usual front-runners’ benefit on the chase course and FRANCKY DU BERLAIS was left with plenty to do before keeping on into second place. He’s now 0-8 over fences but has only had two runs in fields of 10+ runners - this one and another runner-up effort at Stratford in October, another track that isn’t ideal for hold-up horses. He won three times on good ground over hurdles and is worth persevering with as a chaser.
LEBOWSKI (second, 2m bumper, Huntingdon, Tuesday, December 22)
The inside of the track looked softer and it was an advantage to challenge wide. LEBOWSKI, making his debut for Adrian Wintle, raced closer to the inside than ideal yet was still only beaten by a short head at odds of 12-1. He was also second on his sole Irish outing – at 22-1 in a Tipperary bumper last summer – and should find a race in the near future.
LORD OF THE LODGE (fourth, 6f conditions stakes, Wolverhampton, Saturday, December 26)
LORD OF THE LODGE got into a fierce battle for the early lead with Fizzy Feet, the pair helping to set it up for the closers. Karl Burke’s three-year-old wasn’t helped by racing on the inside rail either and he can be forgiven this.
MINNIE ESCAPE (fourth, 1m7.5f handicap hurdle, Wincanton, Saturday, December 26)
Five of the 16 runners were racing on the inside rail in the early stages and they finished fourth, 12th, 14th, pulled up and pulled up. Fourth-placed MINNIE ESCAPE was beaten by just over 18 lengths but did well to remain in contention for so long and is the one to take from the race.
MYSTIFY ME (seventh, 5f novices’ stakes, Wolverhampton, Saturday, December 26)
MYSTIFY ME was strong in the market on her debut, despite being drawn out wide in stall 11 of 11. She ran very green and had to settle for a five-length seventh. Crisford runners do well at the second time of asking and she will surely leave this form behind next time.
ONE TO GO (second, 1m2f handicap, Lingfield, Tuesday, December 22)
Archie Watson’s ONE TO GO kept on well into second place after blowing the start, as he had done when sixth over course and distance the time before. His slow-starting tendency will always leave him vulnerable but he might appreciate the return of the headgear, which he used to wear when trained by Tim Easterby, and could be worth one more chance
SOUTHFIELD HARVEST (second, 2m5.5f handicap hurdle, Wincanton, Saturday, December 26)
It was badly cut up on the inside of the hurdles track and SOUTHFIELD HARVEST did well to finish a neck second in the Pertemps Qualifier after taking that route. The winner raced wide, as did the 24-length third, and he looks capable of winning a good handicap this season.
THE BIG BREAKAWAY (second, 3m Grade 1 novices’ chase, Kempton, Saturday, December 26)
THE BIG BREAKAWAY’s jumping was far from fluent and his patient running style left him vulnerable on this pace-favouring track. He could never quite get on terms with the impressive Shan Blue, coming home just under four lengths back in second, and will be very interesting on a more galloping track next time.
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