JUNGLE CAPERS (12.30) went down as a future winner when runner-up on handicap debut and will be hard to beat in the opener at Wolverhampton.
Mick Channon's gelding showed precious little in novice/maiden company but he made good use of his very low handicap rating when caught close home by Rebel Redemption at Chelmsford City. This drop to the minimum trip should suit and Jungle Capers, in receipt of the three-year-old allowance, is nicely berthed in stall three.
BORDERS trainer Alistair Whillans should be worth following at Musselburgh and COURT BALOO (2.25) can cover festive expenses in the 3m handicap hurdle.
The gelding reeled off a hat-trick of victories in October/November and acquitted himself well when stepped up in grade at Wetherby, running third to Dubai Angel in early December.
This wouldn’t be the strongest event and Court Baloo looks a bit of value against dual course winner Chanceanotherfive and Petite Ganache. Seven lengths separated that pair when they clashed here in November but runner-up Petite Ganache is 15lb better off.
Chanceanotherfive has gone on to score here over fences and is clearly in good fettle. Mick Easterby’s Roycano justified favouritism at Fakenham in February and should go well under top weight.
WISE COCO (1.55) represents the Whillans stable in the 2m handicap hurdle and the mare’s third to Frightened Rabbit at Carlisle in early November puts her in the mix.
Wise Coco had Blooriedotcom more than 12 lengths back in fifth but Lucinda Russell’s gelding has since outrun his 28-1 price at Kelso when third to Temple Man.
Wise Coco landed a lovely touch at Perth in September when sent off 2-1 favourite and may be too strong for Fourth Of July and Life Knowledge, runner-up to Wot A Shot (runs 1.20) on this card 12 months ago.
Friday Night Racing Contest
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12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1