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Monday 23 April 2018

Earthflight can take wing for McBride

Earthflight appears to have relished a recent switch to the all-weather and can keep up the good work in the 32Red Nursery Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Phil McBride's charge failed to cut much ice in three turf outings but pitched into the all-weather division, she seems to have found her favoured conditions.

An initial fourth at Kempton was followed by a success at Wolverhampton last month when she kept on well over nine furlongs to run out a game winner.

Raised 5lb for that victory, she did not enjoy the best of runs when returning to Dunstall Park to finish third behind some lighter-weighted rivals.

Earthflight still deserves plenty of credit for that run, though, and while a further 2lb rise is hardly ideal, the Medicean filly could be up to the task.

Speed Hawk can build on his debut third with victory in the 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

He was beaten just under two lengths on his racecourse bow, despite being sent off a 50-1 shot, and there were few finishing better than him in the dying strides on the day.

Speed Hawk is bred for artificial surfaces as a son of Henny Hughes and trainer Robert Cowell could have a nice prospect on his hands for the winter months.

Vulcanite is worth following as he reverts to the smaller obstacles in the William Hill The Jumps Michaelmas Hurdle at Huntingdon.

The six-year-old was a useful tool in this sphere but failed to build on that when switched to chasing last year, with jumping errors proving costly on more than one occasion.

He failed to sparkle on his return at Cheltenham when he again blundered away any sliver of a chance he may have had, but a win here would do wonders in restoring his confidence.

Divers is an intriguing runner as he makes his debut for Donald McCain in Sedgefield's £Spirit Of Teesside Handicap Chase.

The nine-year-old spent the bulk of his career with Ferdy Murphy, proving good enough to win at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of seasons ago but has dropped down to a current mark of 130.

That descent puts him back on a lower perch than when he won at the Festival.

Christopher Wren is the choice for Nick Gifford in World Horse Welfare Handicap Chase at Lingfield after a recent Worcester win.

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