Monday Review (31/12/07)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of Monday's action
Snowy Morning who having built himself a tall reputation last year when chasing round the likes of Denman at the Festival over fences before crashing out in this years Hennessy, connections have successfully reverted the talented gelding back to hurdles where he has won two above average hurdles with consummate ease. Certain to return to chasing at sometime, whatever he does going left handed he will be at least 7lb better going the other way.
One other thing to note on the Punchestown card was the bumper win of Fair Ina, half sister to the top class Solaria, it does look like he Bowel family have found yet another flag bearer.
Negus De Beaumont made a pleasing return to the track at Uttoxeter in the three mile Beginners Chase with a staying on second to the more experienced Ma Yahab, certain to come on for this as he looked as though he blew up, one for the short list, and talking about horses to follow Pitful Tercah rated 69 a platter’s mark spread eagled a big field of moderate handicappers, still unexposed the 4 yr old should be placed to good effect by trainer David Pipe.
Noble Bily looks capable of going in again off a penalty as does the progressive Foxspur who won the opening Novice Hurdle. Philip Hobbs was completing an across the card double with Foxspur having won the Beginners’ Chase with promising Presenting Copper. Maggie Mathias finally got her head in front over hurdles after a couple of near misses, while Nigel Twiston-Davis string remain a force with yet another winner Beat The Boys albeit at the expense of Dinnie Flanagan who had the race at his mercy only to crash out at the last.
Wolverhampton Hoh Wotanite won his fourth race in a row, Red Romeo finally recaptured his form from a couple of years ago when trained by Alan Swinbank and Mission Control got all the money pulling off the gamble of the day in the mile juvenile seller.
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