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Expect Ocean Tempest to sail calmly to victory

OCEAN TEMPEST had to miss the bulk of the summer season due to a minor problem, but he can continue making up for lost time with another win at Lingfield.

John Ryan's charge did not look up to much on his racecourse bow back in June but a subsequent second at Yarmouth the following month would have raised the hopes of connections.

However, sore shins forced him off the track until Newmarket in October, where he hardly shone when well down the field in a 10-furlong heat.

Switching to the all-weather saw the Act One colt gain that all important win though, dropping back to a mile at Kempton to see off Cockney Rhyme by half a length in a fair event.

Ocean Tempest showed an excellent battling attitude to gain that verdict and a 2lb rise in his official mark might not be enough to stop him in the |Mirror Punters Club Nursery.

Alshazah was on the mark at Wolverhampton last time and can follow up in the Hindleap Handicap.

The three-year-old broke his duck at Kempton in September and has now risen to a mark of 80 via a fourth |back at the Sunbury venue and his Dunstall Park triumph.

His Wolverhampton win was only the second time he had tried a mile and a half and given his clear three-length verdict, there is every reason to think Alshazah could have something more to give.

Capone is worth a shout as he drops back from conditions company in the Felbridge Handicap. David Nicholls' charge thrives on the all-weather surface and a recent third at Kempton should have helped prime him for this race.

David Nicholls' charge thrives on the all-weather surface and a recent third at Kempton should have helped prime him for this race.

Premier Sagas can give weight all|round in the Bet Mobile At victorchandler.com Handicap Chase at Ayr. Nicky Richards had a couple in this two-and-a-half-mile event, including the smart Skippers Brig, but relies on the David Wesley Yates-owned seven-year-old.

The selection progressed nicely as a novice last season, and was thought good enough to run at Cheltenham in the Centenary Novices' Handicap in March, where he was never really going after a mistake early and was pulled up.

Keen on his reappearance at Kelso earlier this month, the handicapper has taken a kind view of his fourth place and with improvement from that entirely plausible, he could be a horse to follow for the immediate future.

The Ferick showed enough when second at Towcester last month to suggest he can win races and gets the chance to prove the point in the £32 Free At 32Red.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Southwell. He is with the right man in Alan Swinbank, who excels in this type of race.


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