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One-two success beckons for former Malton jockey
Former Malton jockey Freddie Tylicki, who moved to Newmarket during the summer, can complete a double at Southwell this afternoon.
The former champion apprentice joins forces with John Jenkins, a trainer who is annually a good supporter of him during the winter months, and they can score with Frosty Friday and Sakash.
Frosty Friday won for the partnership on this course last month when wearing a visor for the first time.
The headgear is predictably retained this afternoon and a 6lb hike in his rating may not prevent Frosty Friday from completing a course double in the Ladbrokes Wishes Paula Wilson Happy 50th Handicap.
Sakash runs in the Ladbrokes Handicap and should go well on the evidence of his latest Wolverhampton effort when he finished second on his first outing since mid-August. He should have benefited from that race and is napped to go one better.
The £19,000 Ladbrokes Handicap has attracted a useful field and Frontier Fighter may be good enough to take the spoils for North Yorkshire trainer David O’Meara.
A likeable horse, the five-year-old underlined his well-being at Kempton just under three weeks ago when a close-up second to Upavon. It would be no surprise to see him make a bold bid here at a venue where he has been successful in the past. Graham Gibbons, pictured, has the mount.
Spitfire (1.00), a useful winner here a fortnight ago, could add to a productive afternoon for trainer Jenkins, while Grace Hull (3.30) is overdue a winning turn after two recent runner-up efforts.
At Uttoxeter, all eyes will be on Legacy Gold in the opening Quicksilverslots Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.
Unbeaten in three bumpers last season and a Listed winner at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in April, Legacy Gold moved from Stuart Crawford to David Pipe during the summer and finished a good third on her reappearance in another Listed bumper at Cheltenham last month. She now makes her hurdling debut and should be different class to her rivals.
African Gold lines up in the Quicksilverslots Novices’ Chase and, if reproducing his hurdles form, will be a tough nut to crack.
Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, African Gold won four of his seven races over hurdles and chased home At Fishers Cross in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Hurdle at Cheltenham last March.
He was surprisingly well held at Cheltenham on his chasing bow last month, but it is far too early to write him off and this race looks a less demanding test than he faced last time. He should not be overlooked.
In the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle, Finding Your Feet looks an interesting proposition teamed up once again with Tony McCoy.
The legendary champion jockey was on board when the Jonjo O’Neill-trained gelding won at Carlisle on his penultimate start. Finding Your Feet has since finished a respectable third, ridden by an inexperienced 10lb claimer, and it is significant that McCoy is back in the saddle this afternoon.
Also worth noting are Sam Lord (1.20), twice second at Carlisle lately, and Mr Bachster (2.50), who is chasing a hat-trick for Richard Lee.
12.00 Dazza, 12.30 Miss Ella Jade, 1.00 Spitfire, 1.30 Frontier Fighter, 2.00 Royal Bajan, 2.30 Frosty Friday, 3.00 Sakash (NAP), 3.30 Grace Hull.
12.20 Legacy Gold, 12.50 African Gold, 1.20 Sam Lord, 1.50 Finding Your Feet, 2.20 Wintered Well, 2.50 Mr Bachster, 3.20 Touch Judge.
Today’s other meeting: Fontwell.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Hexham, Kempton, Leicester and Lingfield.
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