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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Calling Out bids for back-to-back wins in Wolverhampton feature

David Simcock: double chance at Goodwood
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Calling Out bids to win the feature Betway Conditions Stakes (6.45) for the second year in a row at Wolverhampton's eight-race twilight meeting.

His trainer David Simcock said: "It's more competitive than last year but he's rated 102 and isn't the biggest – races like this with small fields are ideal for him. He's well in himself and, though I'm not expecting him necessarily to win, he should pick up some prize money."

Having had two unsuccessful runs over hurdles, Speed Company from John Quinn's Malton yard makes his first appearance on the all-weather in the same race.

His trainer said: "We thought we'd give him a go on the all-weather to see how he copes with it – if he does like it then it would open up some more options for him. He's rated 98 so is not an easy horse to place."

Pactolus: has a great record at the track

Seven-year-old Pactolus has a fine record at the track with three wins from five starts and his trainer Stuart Williams said: "He likes it there, but he does have a bit to find at the weights. However, under the new rule which says the handicapper can't put up horses for being placed in conditions races, he should pick up some prize-money without going up in the weights."

The one they have to beat is the William Haggas-trained Victory Bond, who makes his Tapeta debut but has already proved an adept performer on Polytrack.

He has had two runs on the all-weather – beating the smart Boynton when winning a conditions event at Chelmsford on the first occasion, then finishing runner-up to Master The World in the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes at Lingfield last time.

Flashjack can shine again

Overnight frost is forecast at Hereford where there is an 8am inspection. If it does go ahead the course will welcome Richard Farquhar, who raised nearly £500,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare in his epic 13-month 3,000 mile trek around the 60 British racecourses two years ago.

At the time Hereford was closed, so he is looking forward to ticking off racecourse number 61 by walking a lap of the course at 12.30pm when accompanied by the course's executive director Rebecca Davies.

Flashjack and Richard Johnson after falling at the final flight in the 2m 4f novice handicap hurdleSandown 12.3.16 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Trainer Henry Daly, whose horses have been operating at a strike-rate of 31 per cent in the past fortnight, is another hoping the meeting will take place as his Flashjack, who will be ridden by Richard Johnson, looks to have a fine chance in the Handicap Hurdle (2.00).

He's allowed to run without a penalty for his latest success having won a conditional riders event by eight lengths at Warwick on New Year's Eve.

No problems expected at Fontwell

Despite having recorded one of the lowest-ever GoingStick readings of 2.9 on Saturday when there was standing water on the course, Fontwell are not expecting any problems for Monday's fixture.

The course passed an inspection on Sunday morning and clerk of the course Tracey O'Meara said that it was drying out well and no frost is forecast.

One with an obvious chance is the Richard Newland-trained Greyed A, who returned to form in good style when making all the running in a novice handicap chase over course and distance last month and bids to follow up in the Follow Us On Twitter @fontwellpark Handicap Chase (2.15).

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He's well in himself and, though I'm not expecting him necessarily to win, he should pick up some prize-money
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