HOLIDAY MAGIC (3.40) is well worth the wait in the concluding handicap at Lingfield.
The grey was a regular money-spinner for Mick Easterby in his pomp and the gelding wasted no time in paying back some of his purchase for new handler Lee Carter, scoring on stable debut at Kempton.
Holiday Magic tried a mile at Lingfield nine days ago, leading over a furlong out before being caught close home by Toro Dorado. He reverts to his favoured seven furlongs and the drop into Class 6 company further increases confidence.
ON THE BLIND SIDE (3.15) will welcome a slight ease in grade in the three-mile Unibet Handicap Chase at Kempton.
Nicky Henderson’s lightly-raced eight-year-old, a previous course and distance winner, was sent off favourite to land a Graduation Chase at Ascot before Christmas but couldn’t match strides with impressive Riders Onthe Storm.
Heavy ground that day wouldn’t have been ideal and On The Blind Side has performed well in the past on this sounder surface.
Walt beat Double Shuffle over course and distance last February and should go well along with Touch Kick.
BURROWS EDGE (2.40) merits each-way support in the Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle. The gelding reverts to hurdles after falling in a Beginners’ Chase at Ludlow and his proven track nous will stand him in good stead.
Burrows Edge was made 7-4 favourite but managed only third under 11st 12lb behind Wicked Willy here in March, that effort coming on the back of a neck defeat at the hands of Erick Le Rouge, again over course and distance, the previous month. My selection can be backed at 13-2, four places, with Hills.
Likely favourite Notre Pari disposed of One Night In Milan at Aintree in early December but was in receipt of 16lb from the Scottish raider. One Night In Milan has since finished a close third at Musselburgh under a crushing weight and the form is probably reliable.
Of definite interest near the foot of the weights is Tight Call, the subject of a breathing operation since running fourth to Honest Vic (impressive winner since) at Market Rasen last October. He ran very well behind Brio Conti at Ascot last February until falling at the final flight.
The 3m 5f Warwick Handicap Chase is always keenly-contested and ex-Irish THE CONDITIONAL (3.00) has developed into a smart stayer for David Bridgwater.
The Conditional mounted a serious challenge over the last couple of obstacles and a 5lb rise seems fair in a lesser event. Paddy Power are going five places.
Kimberlite Candy’s second in the Becher Chase at Aintree was a better effort and he makes some appeal along with previous Warwick hurdle winner Bobo Mac.
HIGHEST SUN (1.50) should take a deal of beating in the three-mile novices’ chase. Colin Tizzard’s six-year-old appears on the upgrade, running a fine third to Champ and Dashel Drasher at Newbury before chasing home Pym at Ascot.
Highest Sun has since landed the odds over 3m 1f at Plumpton on heavy ground so stamina isn’t an issue.
Ardlethen met a couple of smart sorts in Danny Whizzbang and Reserve Tank when an honourable last of three at Newbury at the end of November and is preferred to Two For Gold, seeking a hat-trick following victories at Carlisle and Kelso.
Roll Again blotted his copybook when falling at Kempton on Boxing Day but had earlier scored with plenty in hand at Ludlow.
SHAN BLUE (2.25) was travelling strongly when tipping up three out in the race won by Sevarano at Newbury and he scored very easily next time at Southwell on deep ground.
The Queen could probably do with some cheering up and her gelding Keen On has prospects of completing a three-timer following successes at Southwell and Sandown.