Friday 23rd March

2.30pm Newbury – Kincora Fort 2pts Win (5/2)

Lightly raced for a 9-year-old, the switch to chasing has been the making of Kincora Fort with a second and two wins from his three starts in the sphere. Last time out in particular he jumped supremely well and if reproducing that sort of display again he will be taking lengths out of his opponents at every obstacle. Firmly on the upgrade he does step up in class here, but he thoroughly deserves it, he hasn’t been stopping over 2m4f so this extra couple of furlongs shouldn’t pose any problems and he can bring up the hat-trick.

3.25pm Sedgefield – Quick Pick 2pts Win (7/2 bet365, 3/1 general)

A dual winner over course and distance, Quick Pick showed some strong form in novice hurdles  prior to those wins behind the likes of Better Getalong and Vinndication. Both of those runs give plenty of belief that he’s much better than 122 and he appears to be a very well-handicapped animal. A disappointing effort under desperate conditions in the EBF Final last time can be forgiven, he drops in class here on an unchanged mark and with Jennie Candlish’s string in great order (40% strike rate in the past 30 days) he has to go well.

8.15pm Kempton – Native Fighter 2pts Win (9/4)

Native Fighter has had just the three starts for Simon Dow since coming over from Germany resulting in a win and a pair of places. The victory came over this course and distance where he travelled powerfully before showing a good burst of speed to put the race to bed, Oisin Murphy looked very comfortable and that suggested that there was plenty left in the tank. He’s 5lbs higher today but with both trainer and jockey going great guns at present, Native Fighter can go in again.

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