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Saturday 16 December 2017

Looks set to be Paddy's day

PADDY THE STOUT has hit form of late and should give another good account in the Racing UK Anywhere Handicap Chase at Wincanton.

The Paul Henderson-trained 10-year-old is hardly prolific, but is capable on his day and has not done a lot wrong on his last two starts.

Paddy The Stout finished a game runner-up in a two-mile handicap chase at Sandown on February 13, after which he occupied the same position in a strong race at Newbury a few weeks later.

He has just bumped into a couple of relatively good ones and raised just 1lb for his Newbury second is not off-putting.

Henderson's inmate was not stopping over two miles and a furlong at the Berkshire circuit, either, so this step back up to an extended two and a half miles looks a calculated risk.

A first go at handicapping might see an improved effort from MISTRESS MOLE in the Children's Day 19th April Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Not one of the leading lights in Paul Nicholls' powerbase by any stretch of the imagination, she is lightly raced and the booking of Sean Bowen takes 5lb off her back.

The six-year-old did show some ability when fourth at this track on St Stephen's Day and has had just one run since. She is with the right person if there is a win to be had with her.

SADDLERS DEAL can reap the benefit of his recent return with victory in the 32Red.com Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

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