Promising Swivel looks set to get off the mark

Swivel was unlucky to bump in Bivouac on his hurdling bow but compensation awaits in the Best Wishes For 2015 Juvenile Maiden Hurdle at Ludlow today.

A six-times winner on the level for Mark Johnston, the Shirocco colt was not without his supporters at Kempton’s Christmas meeting, although previous winner Bivouac was a clear market leader.

Swivel gave it his best shot, though, and while he eventually finished 12 lengths adrift of the first two, his rider was not overly hard on him when he was beaten.

John Ferguson’s runner should be more streetwise this time and looks a likely type.

Masterful Act is a well-travelled sort but new handler Dan Skelton might be able to tease a little extra out of the eight-year-old.

He has yet to strike in seven hurdles starts but was far from disgraced when beaten just over four lengths in second at Market Rasen on Boxing Day.

That was his first start for Skelton, having previously been trained by Alan McCabe on the Flat, and he seemed to run a fair race in a first-time tongue tie.

He had no answer to a useful winner who was getting well over a stone that day, but can improve on that in the 1871 Handicap Hurdle.

Money For Nothing was edged into second at Taunton last time bt can go one place better in the Victor Phillips Handicap Chase back at the south west track.

He will be having just his third start over fences but he has shown ability in finishing second in his two previous attempts.

Beaten six lengths on his first try, Money For Nothing finished a length and a half behind Un Anjou most recently after losing a bit of momentum when hitting the last.

Alan King clearly thinks he is worth a try in full company and the hint should be taken.

Miss Buckshot has hit the bar on his last two starts but can return to winning ways in the Handicap at Lingfield. Rae Guest’s charge struck gold for the first time in over a year when scoring over a mile at Kempton in November, prompting a swift 5lb hike in the ratings for her troubles.

That extra chunk of lead did not seem to bother her too much at Lingfield next time out as she made notable late headway to finish a three-quarter-length third after taking a touch too long to really get going. She was again putting in all her best work at the finish so this step up to 10 furlongs looks a logical move for what is an in-form filly.

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