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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Mam' has the look of a winner at Chester

Mamlook is equally effective on the level as he is over hurdles and gets the vote in a typically competitive renewal of the totesport.com Chester Cup.

Remarkably still only a six-year-old, David Pipe's charge has enjoyed a fine National Hunt campaign, winning a valuable handicap hurdle at Ascot as well as being placed in the Elite Hurdle and totesport Trophy.

In his last three starts on the Flat, Mamlook has twice been placed in the Cesarewitch and finished a narrow second in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Richard Hughes, who guided Mamlook to the runner-up spot in the Cesarewitch last October, is again back in the plate. Mamlook appears adaptable regarding ground and has a decent draw in stall five, so he looks a safe bet to be involved in the finish.

It was hard not to have been impressed with Gertrude Bell's comeback victory at Newbury and she can take the step up to Listed company in her stride in the Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks. Three placed efforts as a juvenile suggested the chestnut filly would be a force this season.

The step up to 10 furlongs seemed to bring about plenty of improvement on her first start of the year in Berkshire, where she brushed aside what looked a decent field on paper.

She certainly has more on her plate in this event but is going the right way and should be up the task.

The action from Southwell is less inspiring, but dual course winner Bivouac looks the one to be on in the Play Poker At ladbrokes.com Handicap.

He is creeping up the weights, but may not be done winning just yet.

Teenage Kicks has plenty of stamina, as evidenced at Wetherby last time, and wins the vote in the David Marks 50th Birthday Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon.

Keep a sharp eye, too, on easy Ffos Las winner Madame Mado, who is turned out quickly in the Huntingdon Handicap Hurdle.

It would be shock if Gilsland were to suffer a reverse at Kelso. Donald McCain's seven-year-old looked pretty classy at Uttoxeter last time and is the leading light in the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel Novices' Handicap Chase.

Seize probably has it all to do at the weights in the Fleet Bar, Eyemouth Handicap Chase -- but cannot be discounted on the evidence of his recent second at the Roxburghshire track.

Popular old campaigner Billyvoddan was just denied at Southwell last time, but can gain vindication in the Innsworth Technology Park Champion Hunters' Chase at Cheltenham.

Gentle George should also go well in the Hunt Staff Benefit Society Colin Nash Memorial Hunters' Chase.

The likely softer going here should enhance his claims.

SELECTIONS

CHELTENHAM: 5.35 Fergal's Find, 6.10 Billyvoddan, 6.45 My Old Piano, 7.20 Gentle George, 7.55 Florida Dream, 8.25 Mustangsallyrally

CHESTER: 1.45 Bathwick Bear, 2.15 Gertrude Bell, 2.45 MAMLOOK (NAP), 3.15 Buachaill Dona, 4.00 Maxim Gorky, 4.35 Longliner.

HUNTINGDON: 5.20 General Ting, 5.55 Diablo, 6.30 Lord Collingwood, 7.05 Teenage Kicks, 7.40 Lord Brunello, 8.10 Madame Mado

KELSO: 2.05 Viel Gluck, 2.35 Mountskip, 3.05 Gilsland, 3.40 Samizdat, 4.20 Seize, 4.55 Lady Brig, 5.25 Hi Dancer

SOUTHWELL: 1.55 Force To Spend, 2.25 Lochan Mor, 2.55 La Capriosa, 3.30 Bivouac, 4.10 Ella, 4.45 Ice Viking.

DOUBLE: Mamlook and Gertrude Bell.

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