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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Newmarket to Pontefract: four things to look out for

Bronze Angel: pictured winning the 2014 Cambridgeshire
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As a dual winner of the nine-furlong Cambridgeshire handicap, Bronze Angel may be in for something of a surprise when he charges down the Rowley Mile and finds the winning post coming at the end of a mile in the Molson Coors Handicap (5.30).

Bronze Angel has not won for two years but he has been lightly raced in recent seasons and has been given a chance by the handicapper dropping him 6lb after his recent reappearance, allowing him to contest a 0-95 for the first time in three years.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning said of the eight-year-old: "He seems in good form. He's running in the lowest grade race he has for a long time so he has to have a reasonable chance."

In addition to his two Cambridgeshires, Bronze Angel has also won valuable handicaps on Champions Day and on the St Leger card.

"He's won more than £400,000 in prize-money and recorded eight wins, so we're all very fond of him," Tregoning said. "We think there are still more wins to come."

The twice-raced Reach High has some way to go if he is to match Bronze Angel's achievements, but he can boast a notable scalp having beaten Harry Angel on his most recent start in May of last year.

He steps up from five furlongs to a mile on his return and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: "He's doing well. He worked well on the Limekilns but he'll improve for the run. He shows a lot of speed but a mile will be fine."

Higher Power and Tom Queally winning the Northumberland Plate

A Power surge at Newmarket?

James Fanshawe is hoping that Northumberland Plate winner Higher Power can bounce back from a poor effort at York by landing the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (4.20).

"We were disappointed with him at York but he worked well last weekend, so seems in good form, and this is a less competitive race," Fanshawe said of Higher Power, who is the highest-rated horse in the ten-runner contest and will wear a tongue-tie for the first time.

A three-year-old has yet to win the race but Roger Varian feels his representative UAE King holds fair claims.

He said: “UAE King ran well on his first start in Listed company at Goodwood and he'll be well suited by the return to two miles. He has improved with every start and will be even better next year, but this is a nice stepping stone for him."

Midday and Tom Queally win the Nassau Stakes

Famous parents

There may be 18 runners in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (2.00), but most eyes will be firmly fixed on one colt.

Midi is by the imperious Frankel and out of another Juddmonte star in Midday, who won at the highest level on six occasions during a long and illustrious career.

However, Midday's brilliance only became evident during her three-year-old campaign, and connections anticipate that it will be next year when Midi, also a full-brother to Ribblesdale second Mori, starts to come into his own.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "He's a very nice-looking horse and his work has been steady, if not spectacular. He's from a family that are later-maturing than you might think, and he's probably more of a three-year-old."

Ballyandy (right): gets the better of Movewiththetimes to land the Betfair Hurdle

A star on show at Perth

Jumps fans are in for an early treat at Perth as high-class hurdler Ballyandy is set to make his debut over fences in the Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices' Chase (4.30).

Winner of the Betfair Hurdle and fourth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on his last start, Ballyandy will face three rivals in the 2m4f contest including the Gordon Elliott-trained Fagan, runner-up in the 2016 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and an impressive winner of a novice chase at the course in July.

Ballyandy's trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, who has won the race four times in the last seven years, said: "We've always thought he'd be better over fences than hurdles, but he wasn't too bad over hurdles was he?

"He's had a good summer and his schooling has gone very well. The trip shouldn't be a problem and this ground doesn't seem to worry him."

Although there were no issues with Perth's Wednesday fixture, which started on ground described as heavy, soft places, officials have arranged a morning inspection due to the threat of heavy overnight rain.

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He's won more than £400,000 in prize-money and recorded eight wins, so we're all very fond of him
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