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Friday 19 September 2014

Expect recovered Petit Robin to reach new heights

ALL eyes will be on Sprinter Sacre as he puts his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot, as long as the weather doesn't intervene.

Given he has yet to be topped in six chase outings and has summarily dismissed plenty of good runners during that time, he will rightfully be an odds-on favourite and not much of a betting proposition.

However, the same cannot be said of his fellow Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Petit Robin, who merits some support in the Keltbray Holloway's Hurdle.

The 10-year-old was a classy chaser in previous seasons and has made a miraculous recovery from a potentially career-ending injury, winning twice over hurdles already this season.

A creditable second under a big weight in The Ladbroke at this track last time, Petit Robin sits on a career-high mark of 159 but his recent defeat looks even better as the winner, Cause Of Causes, has gone in again since.

Noble Silk makes plenty of appeal in the William Hill - iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Handicap at Kempton after scoring at the Sunbury venue on his most recent outing.

The four-year-old has not enjoyed the best of luck in the past but everything fell right for him when running out a half-length winner earlier in the month.

Victorious in a Lingfield maiden last September, Noble Silk subsequently turned in two decent second-placed efforts at the same track before the turn of the year.

He was edged out in the shadow of the post on both of those occasions but finally managed to put his head in front on the line when reversing previous form with Wildomar. The application of first-time cheekpieces seemed to work the oracle for Lucy Wadham's charge that day, as did the switch to a right-handed track.

A 2lb rise for that victory seems fair enough and Noble Silk remains unexposed and open to plenty more improvement yet.

Marco Botti could be in for a good afternoon and Haftohaf can get the ball rolling in the William Hill - iPad App Now Available Handicap as Grey Mirage should also do the business for Botti at Lingfield in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap.

Cut Across was beaten only a head at this track last time but can gain compensation in the View Our 2013 Fixtures At lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap. Saddled with a 6lb penalty that day, he was only just edged out and could well defy his latest rise.

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