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Monday, 10 December, 2018

The Storyteller can book his place in the Punchestown winner's enclosure

The Storyteller: Cheltenham Festival winner can go well at Punchestown
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Newmarket: David Milnes

Corrosive (2.25 Yarmouth, nap)

Fancied to defy a 7lb penalty after some smart work on the Al Bahathri of late and should enjoy the likely fast ground. The son of Uncle Mo should improve for the step up to a mile from 7f.

Others to follow
Yarmouth 1.50 Carrie's Vision, 2.55 Without Parole, 3.25 Baasha, 4.00 Mordin, 4.30 Oud Metha Bridge, 5.05 Indian Warrior.
Brighton 4.15 Ocean Temptress, 4.50 Hard Taskmaster, 5.55 Limerick Lord, 6.30 Derek Duval, 7.05 Brave Tart, 7.40 Mansfield.

Lambourn: James Burn

Becca Campbell (6.30 Brighton, nap)

Five-year-old thrives over course and distance and remains capable from a mark of 70. Bold bid expected.

Others to follow
Brighton 4.50 Dark Panther, 5.25 Sayesse.
Huntingdon 5.10 Oscar Star, 5.45 Its A Sting, 8.00 Bay Fortuna.
Ludlow 3.35 Lord Topper, 4.05 Third Estate.
Yarmouth 1.50 Luchador, 4.00 Giveaway Glance.

West Country: Andrew King

Max Forte (3.35 Ludlow, nap)

The ground has come right for him and he can make his presence felt in a race that should be run to suit.

Others to follow
Exeter 1.40 Admiral Blake, 2.15 Point N Shoot, 2.45 L'Auberge Du Bois, 3.15 Dancing Shadow, 3.50 Jepeck, 5.00 Hot Ryan, 5.35 Herbert Park.
Ludlow 2.00 Gumball, 2.35 Ut Majeur Aulmes, 3.05 According To Harry, 4.05 Pyrios, 4.40 Monsieur Gibraltar, 5.15 Rhythm Is A Dancer.

North: Colin Russell

Finisher (3.25 Yarmouth, nap)

Shaped well when runner-up at Chelmsford on his handicap debut and, with the Kevin Ryan team in such good form at present, he is fancied to go one better.

Others to follow
Brighton 4.50 Al Manhalah.
Huntingdon 6.20 Lough Salt, 8.00 Character Onesie.
Ludlow 2.00 Zalvados, 4.05 Lincoln County.
Yarmouth 3.25 Finisher, 5.05 Kalagia, 5.40 Mighty Zip.

Racing Post Ratings: Steve Mason

Admiral Blake (1.40 Exeter, nap)

Back to form since fitted with a tongue-strap, this veteran course winner had the race at his mercy when falling last time but looks weighted to gain compensation.

Topspeed: Dave Edwards

Eskendash (4.35 Huntingdon)

Finished strongly when runner-up over course and distance a month ago and would not be winning out of turn.

Longshot: Ed Quigley

The Storyteller (6.40 Punchestown)

Disappointed at Fairyhouse last time out, but that run probably came too soon after Cheltenham. Has shaped as though 3m will suit and can't be ruled out.

Ireland: Tony O'Hehir

Malinas Jack (7.15 Punchestown)

Placed on his two starts in Britain before joining Henry de Bromhead, the son of Malinas makes plenty of appeal on the basis of the form shown on his second start when runner-up at Cheltenham in January. The winner Acey Milan scored again before finishing a close-up fourth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last month.

Disappointed at Fairyhouse last time out, but that run probably came too soon after Cheltenham
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