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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

No lack of assistance in the saddle for Siruh from in-form Lizzie Kelly

Lizzie Kelly: could be celebrating once again
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Lizzie Kelly bids to keep up the good work on Siruh Du Lac in the feature Dick Hunt Handicap Chase (3.35) at Wincanton on Thursday.

This will be her first ride since she continued her fine season by winning last Saturday's Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Agrapart for Nick Williams.

And the 3lb claimer is already a dual winner on board stablemate Siruh Du Lac, having won on him at Bangor and Exeter on his last two starts.

Her mount was put up 6lb by the handicapper for each of those successes but still receives upwards of 8lb from his five rivals here.

That quintet includes last month's comfortable course-and-distance winner Le Boizelo, whose trainer Robert Walford won this race with Saint Raph in 2015 and Dusky Lark last year.

Lizzie Kelly clears the last on Agrapart in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham

If Carling did hurdling debutants...

It's unlikely the Carling Novices' Hurdle (1.20) at Wincanton was what Coolmore had in mind when they forked out €300,000 for Le Musee as a yearling at Arqana in 2014.

But this was one son of Galileo who did not make the Classic grade, beaten over 20 lengths into sixth place when carrying the Tabor/Smith/Magnier colours in a maiden at Compiegne nearly two years ago on his only Flat outing.

However, the winner Friday Night Light and runner-up Canyon City have both won over hurdles in Britain since that day, and Nigel Hawke hopes Le Musee can do the same, having bought him out of Andre Fabre's stable for just €3,000 at Arqana in July 2016.

"We've given him 18 months and tweaked his wind a little," said the trainer, who admits he does not know what to expect when the five-year-old lines up for the opening 1m7½f novice hurdle.

"The form of the race he was sixth in has worked out very well and he's a good-looking horse," Hawke said. "You couldn't knock him in any way, he ticks all the boxes.

"He's a nice type and he's very well bred but we've got to see what we've got. It's a step into the unknown – until they run you can't tell anything."

Opponents include Ascot and Taunton runner-up Molineaux and useful Flat winners Champagne Champ and Aardwolf, who are both making their jumping debuts.

I should be so Lucky

Something Lucky has proved something special so far this year and bids to join Spare Parts as the only four-time Flat winners in Britain in 2018.

The six-year-old, a useful handicapper in his younger days, is the latest to advertise the rejuvenating powers of Mick Appleby and has only once finished worse than second in seven races since moving to Rutland.

Something Lucky: has been rejuvenated by Mick Appleby and has won his last three starts
He has won his last three starts under Ali Rawlinson in 5f handicaps at Lingfield and Southwell (twice), and his trainer said: "He has put a lot of condition on since we've had him and he's got his confidence. Ali gets on very well with him, his style suits him."

A 6lb penalty for his latest success takes his weight up to 10st 1lb in the Betway Sprint Handicap (1.30) back at Southwell, but Appleby said: "He won with 10st the time before last so he'll carry the weight okay.

"He's drawn 12 of 12 but that's not really a concern and I hope he can do it again."

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He's a nice type and he's very well bred but we've got to see what we've got
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