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Veterans’ final next for Thomas Crapper

PA Sport 11:00am, Wed 19 Dec 2018

Thomas Crapper in winning action at Newbury (Julian Herbert/PA) Robin Dickin is aiming his revitalised stable stalwart Thomas Crapper at the 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase Final at Sandown early next month. Any concerns Dickin had about Thomas Crapper staying three miles were finally dismissed when he followed up a win at Southwell over that trip by finishing second to Mendip Express at Sandown.

Hawke keen to steer Speredek clear of Altior

PA Sport 10:00am, Wed 19 Dec 2018

Nigel Hawke is mapping out a careful programme for Speredek (David Davies/PA) Nigel Hawke will try to avoid the big guns over two miles for as long as possible as he plots the next race for his smart performer Speredek. The Devon trainer swerved the Tingle Creek Chase due to the presence of Altior, and now has three options for his talented seven-year-old.

Hopes high for Pearl Royale in Listed heat at Newbury

PA Sport 3:28pm, Tue 18 Dec 2018

Trainer Nigel Hawke is expecting a good run from Pearl Royale (David Davies/PA) Pearl Royale bids to continue her progress over fences by registering a second Listed triumph in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares’ Chase at Newbury on Wednesday. The Nigel Hawke-trained six-year-old overcame a 302-day absence when striking at this level at Carlisle at the beginning of this month, and goes to the Berkshire track in good heart.

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