Andrea Atzeni on board as Roger Varian's Yarroom aims to double up

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Yarroom scored in style at Wolverhampton last month and is napped to follow up at Lingfield tomorrow.

Trained at Newmarket by Roger Varian, the handsome juvenile won his latest maiden by seven lengths and it could have been more if he had been ridden right out to the line.

The handicapper has given him a rating of 85 for the attheraces.com Exclusive Barry Geraghty Blog Nursery, which looks fair, if not lenient. With Andrea Atzeni again set to ride, Yarroom will be hard to beat.

Silvestre de Sousa is making hay in Britain before he heads off to Dubai for the winter and the former North Yorkshire-based jockey can add to his tally of winners aboard Sonko in the Marsh Green Claiming Stakes.

The three-year-old, trained by Tim Pitt, formerly based in Norton and now in Newmarket, has won her last two races and is plainly in excellent heart. She can oblige again, carrying the well-known colours of Dr Marwan Koukash.

Spin Again may prove the answer to the Goat Cross Handicap.

The seven-year-old gave notice of returning to form at Lingfield last time when beaten by only a length into fourth place in a blanket finish to a 14-runner handicap. He is a previous course and distance winner here and is fancied to score again for John Ryan and John Fahy.

Livia’s Dream may be another winner for Graham Lee in the first division of the Hindleap Handicap.

The Ed Walker-trained gelding went down by only half-a-length at Kempton last time and will not need to improve much on that performance to go one better.

Three runs in maiden company has earned Murphy a crack in handicap company and Nick Gifford’s charge is of interest.

Although he has shown only modest ability, Murphy has been found a modest event in the Tandridge Amateur Riders’ Handicap. He will certainly not lack for assistance from the saddle as the vastly experienced Simon Walker has been booked for the mount.

At Folkestone today, Inner Steel makes plenty of appeal in the opening Claydon Horse Exercisers Handicap Hurdle.

Lydia Richards’ seven-year-old has finished second on both his previous starts this season and was only denied by half a length at Fontwell last time. Leighton Aspell has the ride.

Guydus was a winner last time out at Wincanton and the gelding has every chance of following up in the Judy Sidgwick, Jump Racing’s Number 1 Fan Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old is trained by Venetia Williams, who has her horses in fine form at the moment.

Portrait Emotion may prove the answer to the Support The Pilgrims Hospices Novices’ Hurdle.

Trained by Gary Moore, the five-year-old made an encouraging start to his campaign when going down by only a head at Fontwell last month. This looks a good opportunity for this winning point-to-pointer to go one better.

The in-form Roc de Guye (1.30) and Westward Point (2.00), the mount of Tony McCoy, are two others to note.


Racing selections

Folkestone (today) 
12.30 Inner Steel, 1.00 Portrait Emotion, 1.30 Roc de Guye, 2.00 Westward Point, 2.30 On The Feather, 3.00 Guydus, 3.30 Ranthambore.

Today’s other meetings: Towcester and Wolverhampton.

Lingfield (tomorrow)
12.00 Yarroom (NAP), 12.30 Sonko, 1.00 Desert Berry, 1.30 Buckland, 2.00 Spin Again, 2.30 Livia’s Dream, 3.00 Epic Storm, 3.30 Murphy.

Tomorrow’s other meetings: Kempton, Catterick and Hereford.

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