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Sunday's racing looks poor, and I have opted for the one race from Fakenham. Finger's crossed on a nice round of jumping, as I think he'll go close if he does.
In a race of this nature, I think it's better going for an unexposed type who will appreciate the step up to a trip like this and will find improvement for doing so, than siding with a more exposed horse who has to bounce back to form. So, with that being said FAIRLAWN FLYER is my sole selection of the day on Sunday, as I think his current handicap mark is definitely within reach now they've put him up in trip.
He was staying on strongly last time in testing conditions at Ffos Las, where he beat another strong staying horse in Nessfield Blue. He was going away at the line, which is why I'm confident that this extra 5f will bring out some more improvement. He clearly appreciated a switch to fences, as that was his first start over the larger obstacles, and for the most part he seemed to jump well. He outstayed Nessfield Blue, who is a strong stayer like I mentioned before, and he was giving 14lbs to that horse, so it was quite an impressive run on chase debut. He has been hit with a 7lb rise in the weights, but that looks within reach, and it wouldn't surprise me if he progressed by another 15-20lbs over the course of this season in staying chases.
The main dangers in this race are the Christian Williams' trained pair, with more emphasis placed on Jony Max who looks more of a natural over fences than Uno Mas. The latter named horse has racked up a sequence of wins over hurdles under young apprentice Ellis Collier, but has never looked comfortable over fences, so he has to prove that he is capable. If he has improved then he going to be well-handicapped with his rider taking off 10lbs. However, Jony Max is already a winner over fences, and is definitely on a workable mark.