Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Midweek at Fontwell and Worcester

The going is Good at both Fontwell and Worcester tomorrow and both trainers are represented albeit Dan Skelton runs just one. 
Mr Mix and Calipto were both entered for the Chepstow meetings the other weekend but were not declared so you would hope they would be forward enough to do themselves justice and all three of Nicholls runners look progressive. He had two winners today albeit they were long odds on.

Paul Nicholls


2.25 - Mr Mix is a half brother to the useful French Grade 1 winner Royale Flag. He had just the one run in France at Auteuil when third beaten 9 lengths in the 3yo Listed Prix Finot hurdle over 2m 2f on going described as very soft. Could be a really interesting Novice Hurdler this season - he's said to go really nicely and jump well. Should be capable of a bold show and can follow in the footsteps of Irish Saint(1st), Ptit Zig(9th) and Saphir Du Rheu(3rd)who also ran in the Prix Finot. He is one of Paul Nicholls five to follow for the season even though he is unraced for the stable having had a few issues. 
He is up against a decent sort in Alan King's Board Of Trade who won both of his bumpers last season with the form being franked and he is also open to improvement.  
General Glinger is probably weighted out of it this time.

3.00 - Calipto finished second on his only start at Auteuil in France. He started fav for the Triumph Hurdle in 2014 where he was unlucky second. He ran 4 times last season but failed to win - although he finished 4th, beaten 13 lengths, in the Betfair Hurdle off a mark of 143 (started as fav) after a breathing operation and when wearing a first time hood. His hurdle mark has dropped to 139 so possible he may go up that route at some stage as his trainer thought he was a fair bit better than a 143 rated horse. A horse with scope he likes decent ground, jumps well and the distance shouldn't be a problem. He has a touch of class and the hood is on again to aid his cause. If the stable have hopes of anything further down the line then you would hope he would be up to winning this.


5.35 - Alcala. A bumper winner in France he was fourth of eight on his debut in this country in the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle in 2014 behind Activial(OR153), Commisioned(OR154) and stablemate Solar Impulse, He ran just the once last season in a Novice Hurdle and finished 6th of seventeen having choked. He was given a breathing operation thereafter but didn't reaapear. He returns here in a Maiden and is said to have strengthened up having been given plenty of time. He looks to be favourably handicapped on 126h so he may progress down the handicap route at some stage as the plan was to start in a novice handicap hurdle at Cheltenham's Paddy Power meeting. If he is forward enough this race should be well within his capabilities.

Dan Skelton


5.15 - Late Night Lily-Ran just the once last season in a Class 5 bumper finishing 4th. The ground was said to be softer than she cares for there and having shown a good attitude at home she resumes in this mares bumper before going novice hurdling. She is up against a smart sort from Alan Kings stable in Miss Crick who he thought was about the best of his bumper mares last season and was thought good enough to go to Aintree but by then was over the top.

At the current prices there's nothing that grabs me bet wise so I will have a look again in the morning.

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