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Champagne Fever - Cheltenham 14/03/2012

New Year's Eve (black silks) chased home Champagne Fever in the 2012 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and runs today, in the 5.00 at Worcester

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Hughes out to increase title lead at Kempton

WITH Ryan Moore taking the day off reigning champion Richard Hughes has a chance to increase his lead in the race to retain his title with four rides at Kempton this evening.

Hughes, who won the title for the first time last year having finished second from 2008 to 2010, currently leads Moore by 14 winners with just 30 days remaining until the season finishes on November 9.

He rides Magnus Maximus in the 6.10, a 13-2 chance, before partnering Sydney James in the 6.40, a 9-2 shot also trained by his boss Richard Hannon.

Hughes will then have an hour wait before riding Devon Drum, his shortest priced mount of the day at 7-2 for Paul Webber. Jezza, trained by Karen George, is his final mount at 6-1 in the 8.10.

At Worcester in the 5.00 New Year's Eve, perhaps most famous for finishing second to Champagne Fever in the 2012 Champion Bumper, takes on just two rivals as he bids for a first win over hurdles after four seconds from his five starts to date.

Today's key pointers

So far this season Graham Lee is 9 from 33 (27 per cent) when riding for Jim Goldie at Ayr (+£39.33 to £1 level stakes.) The pair team up in several races at the track on Thursday.

Philip Hobbs has a good record with his novice hurdlers at Exeter during the month of October - since 2000 he has scored 13 times with 30 runners in such races, for a profit of £5.96 to £1 level stakes. Tom O'Brien rides Sea Island Pearl at 4.20.

Saeed Bin Suroor has a 36 per cent strike-rate in Kempton maidens in the last five seasons for a £14.06 profit to £1 level stakes. Takaathur goes in the 3-4yo contest over 7f at 5.40 and Mahdiyah runs in the 3-5yo event over 1m 4f at 7.40.

Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive

Today's going
Ayr Soft
Exeter Good to Firm
Kempton Standard
Tramore Yielding, good in places
Worcester Good, Good to Firm in places

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