Brackloon set to scale the heights for Chance

A fairly ordinary card at Fontwell today could be lit up by the Debbie McCurry Memorial Beginners’ Chase, in which Brackloon High could prove most exciting.

Trainer Noel Chance has always thought the world of this six-year-old, who won two bumpers and a novice hurdle in some style during 2010.

Something clearly went amiss, though, as a curious no-show at Plumpton last December suddenly ended his season.

Happily for connections, his return over hurdles at Cheltenham last month was really encouraging as he stayed on for fifth place behind Rangitoto.

That was, however, seemingly a ploy to blow away the cobwebs ahead of what Chance believes will be a fruitful career over fences.

From what we have seen so far, he could be a natural.

Bob’s Dream, meanwhile, can end a maddening sequence of results with victory in the Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield.

The nine-year-old gelding has finished second on his last three starts, but continues to run with credit and looks to have been found his least exacting task for quite some time.

A 4lb rise will not make life any easier, but everything remains in place for a bold show in County Durham.

A drop to the minimum trip saw Wicked Wench come good at Southwell a month ago, and she can repeat the feat upon her return to the track in the toteexacta Nursery.

The daughter of Kyllachy had seemingly not been showing trainer Jo Hughes lightning pace on the gallops, as she decided to start off the filly’s career in a seven-furlong maiden at Salisbury.

After showing some early dash, the juvenile quickly weakened and it was no surprise connections came back a furlong for her next start.

Also switched to the all-weather, Wicked Wench took a step forward to fill the runner-up spot behind an 83-rated filly in Quite A Thing, so it was a respectable effort.

Hughes spotted the perfect opportunity for Wicked Wench to get her head in front in an ordinary five-furlong affair at the start of November and after a fine start, she made every post a winning one to score by a couple of lengths.

The form does not add up to much, with only three of the four runners actually finishing, but Wicked Wench won in the style of a filly who is capable of doing well in low-grade handicaps this winter.

An initial rating of just 69 looks more than workable.

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