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Heart will be a tough one to beat

Smart dual-purpose performer Sweetheart looks booked to go close in the Bet Premier League Football -- Betdaq Handicap at Kempton.

Jamie Poulton has trained the mare brilliantly and owner Ron Huggins, of Double Trigger fame, has enjoyed some fantastic days out with her.

She was a winner at Glorious Goodwood in 2009 and the last time she was seen in action the six-year-old landed a Listed mares' hurdle at Ascot leaving the likes of Whiteoak and Strawberry trailing in her wake.

Her most recent start on the Flat saw her trail home in 12th in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last October when she was outgunned by a number of rivals with much more toe.

Poulton is already looking towards the next Flat season as he believes the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival does not provide enough of a stamina test, while the World Hurdle is a little out of her league.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot has been mooted as a possible target and if those kind of expectations are to be realised, this race should be hers for the taking.

David Evan's Vhujon has been banging his head against a brick wall lately as far as the handicapper is concerned.

He is forced to carry top weight in the Betdaq The Betting Exchange Handicap despite not having won since May.

That victory was off a mark of 81 and, while he has struggled in the high 80s since, whenever he drops to around 80 -- which is what he races off here -- he is normally competitive.

One man who has been banging in the winners recently is Bryan Smart and his Transmission can bounce back to winning ways in the Southwell Racecourse For Conferences Handicap.

He must have been something of a certainty off 65 in early January because he had no trouble following up with a penalty a few days later.

He was having his third run in a short space of time when he disappointed last time out but, having been given a little break, he may prove up to the task.

The freebets.co.uk Chatteris Fen Juvenile Novices' Hurdle usually attracts some decent types and that is certainly the case this year with Mille Chief.

Alan King's youngster is already favourite for the Triumph Hurdle, based more on his home reputation rather than what he has actually achieved on the track.

Unluckily brought down on his hurdling debut, he has had no trouble in winning his next two starts. Like many from the King yard, his hurdling is exceptional and, while the Triumph may well be a different matter altogether, he should win this.

At Taunton, Nicky Henderson's Lush Life has the form in the book that should enable him to win the Aspen Waite Chartered Accountants Maiden Hurdle.


HUNTINGDON: 1.40 Sona Sasta, 2.10 Mocho, 2.40 Rock Diplomat, 3.10 Mille Chief, 3.40 Pocket Too, 4.10 Ungaro, 4.40 Ballestra.

KEMPTON: 5.00 Jessica Wigmo, 5.30 Sedgwick, 6.00 Classic Blue, 6.30 Silidan, 7.00 Harting Hill, 7.30 SWEETHEART (NAP), 8.00 Secret Witness, 8.30 Vhujon.

SOUTHWELL: 1.50 Davana, 2.20 First Swallow, 2.50 Northern Bolt, 3.20 Spring Breeze, 3.50 Taper Jean Girl, 4.20 Transmission, 4.50 Slick Mover.

TAUNTON: 2.00 Genari, 2.30 Lush Life, 3.00 Cast Cada, 3.30 Minnie Hill, 4.00 Topless, 4.30 Hobb's Dream.

THURLES: 2.05 Flat Out, 2.35 Riverscape, 3.05 Don't Turn Bach, 3.35 Shernaz, 4.05 Cru, 4.35 Mighty Bob, 5.05 Jack The Pirate.

Double: Sweetheart and Vhujon.