image-left-align SamTurnerThere were plenty of positives to take from OUD METHA BRIDGE’s (Kempton, nap, 7.50) stable bow for Julia Feilden and the four-year-old could prove a useful purchase for the Exning handler.

The selection won a Newcastle maiden last March when trained by Ed Dunlop but went backwards spectacularly on his next two starts, beaten a massive total of 70 lengths. He was subsequently gelded but although not so badly beaten after, ended up at the November sales.

Four months after his final run for Dunlop, Oud Metha Bridge reappeared at Kempton to post an eyecatching return to action from a wide draw, chasing home Lacan who was quickest away from the scrimmaging two furlongs from home.

The pair meet again on Monday but with race-fitness not an issue and a 2lb advantage, Oud Metha Bridge can gain revenge.

AGE OF WISDOM (Kempton, nb, 8.20) may only have won a very weak seller last time but did the job with such ease that his has to be of interest on this return to better company. Not the most straightforward of characters, the hope is that the victory will have instilled plenty of confidence and he crack on from the experience.

LOST HISTORY (Lingfield, 4.25) is no jumping superstar but then it shouldn’t take too much to win a race of this nature. His last run in Ireland was under very testing conditions but produced a first win and a deserved reward for some decent performances.

Lingfield’s track, come the penultimate race, is likely to resemble a ploughed field but that should suit the five-year-old, who gets his easiest chance since joining John Spearing last November, with the booking of Nico De Boinville and obvious bonus.

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