Alan Thomson landed his nap yesterday and is rowing in with a couple of Paul Nicholls-trained raiders at Musselburgh.
PAUL NICHOLLS was among the winners at Musselburgh’s showcase two-day trials fixture and he should be on the score-sheet at the East Lothian track with NINEOHTWOONEOH (3.00) in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.
The JP McManus-owned gelding ran a fine third to Lightly Squeezed at Wincanton on Boxing Day and may have been let in lightly on handicap debut.
Nicholls will be hoping a wind operation does the trick with CHRISTOPHER WOOD (4.05). That remedial procedure was carried out after Christopher Wood struggled in the ruck behind Epatante at Newbury in November but he is undeniably well handicapped if re-capturing the form of his third to Pentland Hills and Fakir D’Oudairies at Aintree in April.
POGUE (2.30) was runner-up on chasing debut but Donald McCain’s gelding went one better next time at Doncaster, making all to beat Fergal O’Brien’s Lough Har. His principal rival appears to be First Account, now in the hands of Keith Dalgleish having switched from the McCain yard. First Account was a smart novice hurdler, posting an excellent third to Al Dancer and finishing runner-up to Captain Zebo (easy winner yesterday) at Carlisle.
DUKE OF NAVAN (3.35) hasn’t won in more than two years but has been keeping better company than he faces in the 2m chase. The handicapper has dropped the Nicky Richards-trained veteran 2lb on the back of a third to Western Miller at Doncaster in January.