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Charlie Longsdon - Ascot - December 2011

Charlie Longsdon: feels Frisco Depot is one to follow this season

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Longsdon ponders Hennessy for Frisco

FRISCO DEPOT is under serious consideration for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury next month after impressing trainer Charlie Longsdon despite falling at Ascot last month.

The eight-year-old was having his first start for Longsdon since being purchased by Robert Waley-Cohen out of the Dessie Hughes yard and switched to Britian.

Forfeits for the 3m2½f Grade 3 were out on Tuesday and Longsdon is keen to let his 12-1 shot take his chance.

Speaking in his Weekender stable tour, Longsdon said: "He was a smart horse for Dessie Hughes, winning at Grade 2 level, before being bought by the Waley-Cohens. He ran his first race for us at Ascot last time and travelled well until falling three out.

"I would expect him to come on a fair bit for that run and at the moment I am seriously considering the Hennessy Gold Cup next month. With 10st 1lb he may struggle to get in, but we will keep an eye on things carefully. I believe he could win a big Saturday handicap and he will be worth following this season."

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Emma Lavelle & Crack Away Jack

Emma Lavelle: plans to send Fox Appeal to Haydock on Saturday

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Fox Appeal to carry top weight in Fixed Brush

FOX APPEAL will attempt to build on his stylish success at Kempton earlier this month when carrying top weight in the Betfair Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

Trained by Emma Lavelle, Fox Appeal steps back up in trip to 3m for the Haydock contest after scoring over 2m5f at Kempton.

Lavelle said: "Fox Appeal is likely to run. He came out of his win at Kempton really well and he seems in really good order.

"He is not overly big to be carrying 11st 12lb but we are slightly stuck as to where we do go with him off his mark, so as the things stand the idea is to run on Saturday.

"He has a big heart and definitely tries so fingers crossed, he can go and run a big race but it will have to be career best by a l ong way."

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