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FOUR RUNNERS AT WETHERBY'S FIRST MEETING OF 2021.

The going at Wetherby for Tuesday will be testing, with the advanced prediction suggesting soft, heavy in places.

That description will hold no terrors for our first representative, Eragone at 2.05.pm, the one mile and seven furlongs 0-140 handicap chase, because in 22 career starts he has never run on a surface that doesn't include soft in the title. Eragone was last seen over course and distance 16 days ago when finishing runner up in the prestigious 'Castleford Chase,' from a 1lb lower mark. He looked all over the winner that day, clearly going best approaching the last, but disappointingly hung right up the run in, which probably cost him the race.If that problem can be ironed out, he is obviously on a good mark, Becky Smith retains the ride.

Kayf Adventure took a step back in right direction at Wetherby 17 days ago when finishing a respectable fifth, beaten by 13 lengths, over an extended two miles and five furlongs, which probably stretched his stamina, so this step back down by two furlongs should be a plus. He was coming in to that race following minor wind surgery, and is beginning to look well handicapped off his current mark of 120.He will be ridden by Kevin Brogan who rides many of Paul Nichols horses, and will be having his first ever ride for us in the 2.35.pm.

Grange Ranger who runs in the 3.10.pm race should have really won a race by now, but he was one of the unlucky horses whose season was cut short by the lock-down. He made his debut for us at Catterick last February, running above expectations when finishing second, and confirmed that promise at Wetherby in October when once again filling the runner up spot.For whatever reason he ran well below that level when last seen 38 days ago at Wetherby, but a return to either of his first two efforts will see him go close, Alain Cawley is once again in the saddle for the injured Emma Smith-Chaston.

Our final runner is the filly Howzat Hiris who contests the juvenile bumper at 3.40.pm, with Joe Colliver in the saddle.She made her debut for us over this course and distance of 12 furlongs last month, when looking badly in need of the experience. That race should have brought her on, but all of her four opponents hail from yards that excel in producing bumper winners.

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Good luck to the connections, Samuel Sutton, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, Grange Ranger, and Sticky Wicket Racing.

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