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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Fine time for Mulholland to go in search of £20,000 prize

Neil Mulholland: eager to build on a season that has delivered his first century
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2.45 Wincanton

Fortress Home Insurance Handicap Chase | 3m 1f | RUK

He has been runner-up in one National and is engaged in another so Doing Fine is clearly living up to his name.

We're not talking Aintree - it was the London National that he was second in last December and it's the Irish Grand National he's entered for, though he's currently 86th on the list at Fairyhouse with 9st 4lb in the long handicap.

But his narrow defeat at Sandown, failing by just a neck to reel in Rocky Creek under today's rider Noel Fehily, gives him every chance off a mark just 3lb higher here.

Fehily is bidding to continue his fine run of form in a month when he has already landed the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase.

Goes in testing conditions

Pressurize has run on ground that was officially heavy five times and he has won on three of those occasions, although his victory here came over a trip more than a mile shorter than today's. He was racing for the first time in 11 months when fourth at Warwick four weeks ago.

Back from a layoff

Frampton is returning from a 510-day break, having been sidelined since finishing third at Kempton in November 2015. He has been dropped 8lb by the handicapper in the interim but has yet to prove he handles ground this soft.

What they say

Venetia Williams, trainer of Pressurize
He'll be happy on the ground. It's harder for him this year as he ran very well last season. It's his first time over an extended three miles but I hope he'll get it.  

Neil Mulholland, trainer of Doing Fine
I hope the weather stays fine for him. We've been waiting for the ground for him, we're happy with him and he ran a very good race at Sandown last time. Fingers crossed he gets a bit of luck.

Robert Walford, trainer of Umberto d'Olivate
He is high in the handicap. He went up a lot for winning at Exeter and he didn't beat a lot - he is probably going to struggle until he comes down again.

Tom George, trainer of Moss On The Mill
He had a couple of good runs early on then he lost his confidence a bit over fences so we gave him a run back over hurdles and we hope that will put him right again.

Charlie Longsdon, trainer of Frampton
He's been off for nearly 18 months with a leg injury but he's fit and well. I'd like the ground to dry up a bit and I'm sure it will.

He lost his confidence a bit over fences so we gave him a run back over hurdles and we hope that will put him right again
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