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Thursday 17 August 2017

Kumbeshwar ready to come good

KUMBESHWAR can make a winning start for new connections in the NSPCC School Service Handicap Chase at Kelso.

The seven-year-old changed hands for just £23,000 at Doncaster in May after seemingly losing his way a bit for former trainer Alan King.

Kumbeshwar had been a fine servant for the Barbury Castle handler, winning nine times as well as placing at Grade One level on a couple of occasions and showing up well in numerous big races.

However, he has not actually got his head in front in nearly two years now and has been slowly sliding down the ratings, falling from a perch of 152 last November to his current mark of 135.

Now on his lowest mark over fences, Kumbeshwar could prove a shrewd buy as he drops in class for this two-mile-one-furlong event.

Kumbeshwar's former stablemate FIGHTER JET is the pick in the A&S Enterprises Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter.

The six-year-old was tailed off in his return at Ffos Las in August but turned in a much improved performance when a five-length second to Teak at Plumpton last month. Given he has had just a handful of starts, Fighter Jet still appears to be on the upgrade and remains competitive off a mark of 125.

A bit like Kumbeshwar, ALSADAA also appears to have his best days behind him but he should not be discounted in the Burton Rock'N'Roll Club Burton Latimer Northants Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon.

A Listed hurdle winner back in 2009, he also showed up well in some big handicap heats in his pomp but has not really looked the same horse of late.

Clearly not the horse of old but should still do Laura Mongan proud here.

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