The going for Wetherby on Wednesday at the time of writing is good, good to soft in places.
Not What It Seems who is declared to run in the 3.0,pm, at Lingfield on Tuesday would be highly unlikely to turn out again quickly, but he has been declared for the novices chase at 1.40.pm, where he would face only two rivals, although they are two classy rivals. The Lingfield race where he will face three opponents looks the easier option, but if he does turn out again, he will be partnered by Emma Smith-Chaston.
The ex French Halpha Soleil will make his stable, and British debut at 2.10.pm, in a novice hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell taking the ride. To date Halpha Soleil has only raced on seven occasions previously, which include contesting five bumpers, of which he has won two, including when last seen in November. He has contested two hurdle races, both of which have looked above average events, so we will know a lot more about him after this.
Foster'sisland can be forgiven a rare below performance at Wetherby 32 days ago when finishing a well beaten fourth, as he scoped dirty post-race. Prior to that he was only beaten a head from 1lb lower mark at this track on Boxing Day, a run which would see him in the shake up here. His race is a 0-145 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs at 3.15.pm, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.
We also have three runners in the finale at 4.50.pm, a 0-100 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs. Perfect Man continues to struggle for form, but it is best to ignore his latest run as his jockey lost his irons at the first, after the horse had made a serious mistake. In his three previous starts this season Perfect Man has shown next to nothing, but a little hope can be gleaned from his second at Hexham in March of last year. He will be partnered by Conor O'Farrell for the first time.
Desaray Girl also takes her chance in the same event, with her regular jockey Emma Smith-Chaston in the saddle. Desaray Girl knocked up a 28 day hat-trick around this time last year, and at Catterick 12 days ago she signaled that she was once again in good heart when finishing runner up from the same mark as now. Her final win last year was from 5lb higher than now, so it is not unreasonable to expect a big run here.
Monaghan Boy completes our trio of runners in the race, with Becky Smith taking the ride. Monaghan Boy showed ability in three bumpers, but in three runs in novice hurdles he has shown next to nothing. This will be his handicap debut, from a mark of 90, which looks OK on his bumper form, but very harsh on his hurdles form to date.
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Good luck to the connections, Ryder And Alex Sugden, T I S Partnership, The Oakwood Nobels, The Rat Pack Racing Club, Resdev, and The Golden Cuckoo.