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Monday 22 December 2014

Dizzy River looks ripe to put his rivals in a spin

DIZZY RIVER has a fine opportunity at Sedgefield in which to post his first victory of the year.

THE seven-year-old gelding is not the classiest inmate at Brian Ellison's North Yorkshire base, but his key feature is strength of character.

His two wins over hurdles last year, over this course and distance and at Musselburgh, neatly illustrated his fondness for a fight when the chips are down. More recently he has suggested the return to two and a half miles for the John Smith's No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle is the way forward.

Schinken Otto can secure his sixth victory at Sedgefield in the Collins Seafoods Ltd Handicap Chase.

The 11-year-old gelding loves the sharp undulations of the County Durham circuit, and can be relied upon to again run with honour at a track on which he has finished out of the frame just five times in 19.

First-season trainer Robert Walford can carry on the good work by saddling Johnny Red to victory at Lingfield. Walford has already had a winner, at Plumpton last week, and must fancy his chances in the William Hill "The Jumps" Win £100,000 EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Johnny Red only raced once for Robert and Sally Alner in an injury-plagued career, but there was much to admire about his comeback at Wincanton towards the end of October.

Pepito Collonges runs in the williamhill.com Handicap Chase and the nine-year-old gelding, while being no world-beater, at least served notice of a return to form at Plumpton last time when a fair second behind the useful Escardo.

Punters appear up against it on a difficult card at Huntingdon, but it should pay to side with the in-form Tregaro in the Sportsbookmakers, Home Of The "Sporty Yankee" Novices' Handicap Chase.

Chain Of Events might also go well for the Sarah Humphrey team in the Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia Awareness Novices' Hurdle.

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