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Empire Levant odds-on to win chase debut

EMPIRE LEVANT, who unseated his rider when favourite for a handicap hurdle at Aintree in October, is odds-on to make his first start over fences a winning one at Doncaster on Friday.

Trained by Paul Nicholls, the six-year-old was second to last year's Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby at Newbury in last season's Gerry Feilden.

He remained over hurdles this term, but failed to complete under Harry Derham at Aintree so switches to chasing with Daryl Jacob on board.

William Hill's 10-11 about him winning is the best price on offer, while Alan King's classy mare Call Me A Star is also in action at the track and is well fancied to score (2-5 with most firms).

King is set for a busy day with five runners at Newbury as well.

Handazan is perhaps his best chance and King said: "He is a horse that we had high hopes for in the autumn, but things did not work out.

"He has had a nice break since early January which seems to have done him good and he schooled on Monday morning and seemed in good form. He wears cheek pieces for the first time."

All-weather action on Friday comes from Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Dundalk.

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