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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Eyesopenwideawake leads charge for £17,000 Southwell handicap

Eyesopenwideawake: bidding to follow up his Kempton win at Southwell on Tuesday
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There may be only seven runners in the 1m7½f novice handicap chase (12.50) at Southwell, but with plenty in good recent form and evenly matched the battle for the £17,000 prize looks like being a tough one.

Eyesopenwideawake and Bad Boy Du Pouldu, first and second at Kempton last time out, reoppose here and are joined by the Sue Smith-trained Newcastle scorer Cracking Find.

Get Rhythm has also been in good form of late for Tom George, while Charlie Longsdon has not given up hope that Nightfly may deliver on the promise she has shown at home.


What they say

Harry Whittington, trainer of Eyesopenwideawake
He's in very good form and has improved because of how much more relaxed he is at home. He'd always been quite a free-going sort but he's very relaxed now and hopefully he can improve again and win another one for us. The 5lb rise makes it tougher but he's a big strong horse so we'll see how we go.

Tom George, trainer of Get Rhythm
He's in good form and should appreciate the better ground, so I'm hopeful he'll run a nice race. It's quite a competitive race.

Gary Moore, trainer of Bad Boy Dy Pouldu
We won't give Eyesopenwideawake as much leeway this time. He's in good form and we'll give it a go.

Charlie Longsdon, trainer of Nightfly
We've been disappointed with her. We always thought she'd get two and a half miles but she never has and seems to stop at two miles two, no matter how we ride her. She loves her jumping though and I'd like to think going over fences will be the making of her. She's a mare we used to hold in quite high regard, so hopefully we can start rectifying things. 

A half-sister to Midday is unwrapped at Wolverhampton

Frankel sister to Midday an eyecatching newcomer at Wolverhampton

Among the debutants in division one of the 7f novice stakes (1.40) at Wolverhampton on Tuesday is a half-sister to the brilliant Midday by Frankel, who is in training with Sir Michael Stoute.

The Juddmonte homebred clearly commands respect on breeding alone in this contest but she is not the only one with an interesting pedigree, with the Ralph Beckett-trained Smart Dart being a half-sister to the talented sprinter Dark Shot.

Of those with form in the book, it is the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Bath And Tennis who sets the standard and is seeking a hat-trick, following wins at Kempton and Chelmsford.

Moore aiming for repeat win at Lingfield

Gary Moore won last year's running of the 2m hurdle series qualifier at Lingfield with Darebin and is back on Tuesday to try to repeat the trick with Clayton (2.30).

The eight-year-old has been seen only six times since his last success in February 2016 and is having his third outing since a year on the sidelines was brought to an end in November.

Among those taking him on is the lightly raced Master Work, who is taking a step down in trip for Philip Hobbs and Tom O’Brien.

Moore and Hobbs are also represented in the veterans' chase (3.00) with Vino Griego and Persian Snow.

Vino Griego returned from two years off the track when fifth at Sandown last time, while Persian Snow is aiming to complete a long range hat-trick on his first start of the campaign.

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He'd always been quite a free-going sort but he's very relaxed now and hopefully he can improve again and win another one for us
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