DE MEDICI made a big impression on his racecourse debut at Lingfield last month and should be backed to follow up on his return to the track in the 32Red Casino Novice Stakes.

Archie Watson has made a fine start to his fledgling training career over the past couple of seasons, enjoying notable success on the all-weather with Absolute Blast and Petite Jack.

While it is too early to say whether or not De Medici will go on to scale those heights, the gelded son of Makfi certainly looked destined for bigger and better things when seeing off previous winner Completion on his introduction over the mile here less than three weeks ago.

He faces a tougher task on his second start, conceding weight to all but one of his rivals, but he appears an exciting prospect and the step up to a mile and a quarter should not be an inconvenience, judged on the way he finished last time.

Edward Greatrex has been booked to take the reins on today's nap selection.

With the Cheltenham Festival only a week away, the topically-named PRESTBURY PARK gets the nod in the 32Red Sprint Handicap with Franny Norton in the saddle.

Mark Johnston's inmate won twice on the turf last summer at Haydock and Chester respectively and went on to finish third in a valuable handicap at Newmarket in October.

He has not been seen in competitive action since finishing fourth on his all-weather debut at Chelmsford in November.

But the Middleham trainer has his string in good order and it is not inconceivable Prestbury Park could be better than ever, having been gelded since we last saw him.

DE DOLLAR MAN disappointed at Wetherby last time but can redeem himself in the Injured Jockey's Fund Novices' Chase at Catterick.

Evan Williams' charge was sent off the odds-on favourite on that run in January but a mistake at the last cost him some valuable momentum and he had to settle for a one-and-three-quarter-length second at the line.

Yet De Dollar Man remains a useful performer and if he can avoid any jumping errors here with Adam Wedge on board, he should be in the mix.

A strong evening fixture at Kempton features the £25,000 32Red Handicap and the £50,000 'Road To The Kentucky Derby' Conditions Stakes.

The 10-furlong handicap opens the bumper eight-race card and STAR ARCHER is fancied to complete a hat-trick for Hugo Palmer.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned four-year-old has dominated his rivals twice at Wolverhampton since the turn of the year and a 6lb hike for his latest success does not look insurmountable, with Ryan Moore a significant jockey booking.

It could be a profitable evening for Moore as THREE WEEKS, his mount in the most valuable race of the night, also holds strong claims.

William Haggas' charge was really impressive last time out at Newcastle and while he has a bit to find with a couple of his opponents on official ratings, he is open to plenty of improvement.

SPIRITOFCHARTWELL has won twice and finished second three times in seven visits to Fontwell, making him of obvious interest in the Handicap Chase.

The 10-year-old was ultimately well-beaten when second here on his latest start in December but has been freshened up and the slightly sounder surface will see him in a better light.


Catterick: 1.50 Young Tom, 2.20 De Dollar Man, 2.50 Kaloci, 3.20 Dica, 3.50 Floramoss, 4.20 Just Cause, 4.50 Indian Opera.

Fontwell: 2.10 Boreham Bill, 2.40 Spiritofchartwell, 3.10 Euxton Lane, 3.40 Waiheke, 4.10 Sandy Beach, 4.40 Hunt Politics.

Kempton: 5.40 Star Archer, 6.10 Tarseekh, 6.40 Lawn Ranger, 7.10 Three Weeks, 7.40 Titan Goddess, 8.10 Coverham, 8.40 Tommys Geal, 9.10 Koubba.

Lingfield: 2.00 Presence Process, 2.30 Classic Pursuit, 3.00 Sea Ess Seas, 3.30 DE MEDICI (NAP), 4.00 Prestbury Park, 4.30 Exceeding Power, 5.00 Cliffs Of Dover.

Double: De Medici and Star Archer.