NOBLE BEHEST (3.50) has been found a gilt-edged opportunity to complete his hat-trick by bagging the 2m 2f handicap at Southwell.
Betting a horse on their first experience of the Fibresand surface comes with risks but Noble Behest dug deep to edge out Battle Of Marathon over two miles at Wolverhampton, with Danny Tudhope now taking over from an apprentice. Fourth horse Doctor Jazz, beaten almost ten lengths, scored earlier in the week. This is a specialist distance and last year's winner Colwood should go well, despite being a good bit higher in the ratings.
FALCAO (4.20) does most of his racing over six furlongs but is worth chancing stepping up an extra furlong in a very modest affair. The seven-year-old won here in April and wasn't beaten far in fourth by Bedtime Bella (runs 1.35) on his last outing. With several firms offering four places each-way, Falcao should be backed accordingly at 13-2.
The ground will be very testing at Ascot where SAINT DE REVE (3.05) should go close for Paul Nicholls. This is a 2m 5f handicap hurdle confined to conditional jockeys and Lorcan Williams takes off 3lb. Saint De Reve beat Cage Of Fear 13 lengths at Wincanton and his third to 142-rated Cat Tiger at Exeter was boosted by the very easy success of fourth horse Unwin Vc yesterday. Nicholls applies a tongue tie for the first time.
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