Jamie Snowden’s talented five-year-old is three from three over fences, leaving behind his efforts in bumpers and over the smaller obstacles.
In fact, so highly regarded is he that Snowden gave him an entry in the Feltham on Kempton’s stellar St Stephen’s Day card. The handicapper is doing his best to catch up with Snowden’s youngster but there is more to come and this track should suit given he jumped to his left at Ascot.
No doubting the star attraction at Kelso as Lie Forrit bids to make it two from two over fences in the Ashleybank Investments Reg & Betty Tweedie Novices’ Chase.
Willie Amos’ stable star sat a fair way off the pace here earlier in the month but jumped like an old hand and Campbell Gillies was always confident he would get there as his stamina came into play. Ninth in the World Hurdle in 2010, it will be interesting to see how far Lie Forrit can go up the chasing ladder, but he loves soft ground and has a real touch of class.
Trip Switch should provide some festive cheer for punters at Kempton.
George Prodromou’s five-year-old has returned recently in good nick after an absence of well over a year, and escapes a penalty for a clear-cut Wolverhampton success last week when he goes in the Hospitality Packages 2012 Now Available Handicap. That win came in a nine-furlong apprentice handicap and he showed a fair change of foot for this kind of level, crucial as he came out on top in a tight finish. Adam Kirby is a good booking and he has plenty in his favour as he showed a liking for the Sunbury Polytrack when winning over seven furlongs in November.
Trip Switch tackles a mile and a quarter for the first time, but if he can travel and quicken as he has done before, he should be in the shake-up.
Faraway has a great chance in the Save Your 2012 Reindeer Party Dates Claiming Stakes. His record whenrunning in claimers and sellers through this year has been consistently good, as witnessed last time at Wolverhampton where he overcame traffic problems to win with any amount in hand. Sixfurlongs is his trip and it will take a decent effort, relatively speaking, to stop him.
Derivatives could be the answer to a trappy-looking British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. John Gosden’s Dansili filly was not sighted until October but has made steady enough progress. The Newmarket maestro sent her to Deauville for her latest start, where she was a rallying thirdunder Christophe Soumillon having raced handily.
Connections are obviously keen to get a win out of her before the year is out.
Sprinters on the sand tend to win in turn and there was enough encouragement from Atlantic Beach when last seen to merit support in the Play Golf At Southwell Racecourse 2012 Handicap in Nottinghamshire.