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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mick Channon eases Warden Hill back into the fray with what should be a confidence-booster in the Brown & Co Novices' Chase at Market Rasen.

Mick Channon eases Warden Hill back into the fray with what should be a confidence-booster in the Brown & Co Novices' Chase at Market Rasen.

The three-mile-one-furlong contest represents a steep drop in class for the seven-year-old after coming out best of the rest behind none other than Gold Cup hero Coneygree in Grade One company at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Drying ground would be ideal and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

Master Of The Hall is back on a competitive mark over fences and can hopefully make his presence felt in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase.

A very smart horse in his younger days with Nicky Henderson, he has done really well for Micky Hammond and has a definite affinity with this Lincolnshire venue, having won three times at Market Rasen and having been placed on his other three visits.

Adding further hope is the fact Hammond's North Yorkshire string is in good heart.

Kayfton Pete is another who was won and run good races here and is the pick to do so again in the Join The Racing UK Club Handicap Chase.

The nine-year-old is a few pounds lower over fences than he is over the smaller obstacles when second at Southwell late last month, giving lumps of weight to winner Moonlight Maggie.

There is an argument he might have needed that a bit, too, on his first run since November.

Red Devil Lads has to be followed in the totepool Supports The Sport You Love Handicap Chase at Ffos Las.

The six-year-old is making up into a progressive young handicap chaser when he gets his favoured conditions and, to that end, hopefully it will not dry up too much in Wales.

Winner of three of his last four starts, the Rebecca Curtis-trained gelding was a very easy scorer at this track in March, defying a 12lb rise in some style.

He has another hike in the ratings to overcome but it will take a brave man to bet that he will not do so.

A terrific card at Leopardstown sees a number of Classic trials, with John F Kennedy the star attraction in the three-runner Ballysax Stakes.

The 10-furlong event is a serious pointer for Epsom and beyond and there is little doubt Aidan O'Brien's Galileo colt looked a serious prospect when winning two of his three starts as a juvenile.

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