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Niran to continue Brittain’s winning streak

EVERGREEN trainer Clive Brittain appears to have his horses ready pretty early this year and NIRAN has to be of interest in the Bistro In The Panoramic Handicap at Kempton.

The Newmarket handler landed a good prize on the all-weather with Mahadee on Saturday and most of his other recent runners have run with credit.

That is always a big plus at this time of year and proves that it is not just the odd one that is ahead of the string so we can take Niran's fitness for granted.

The Captain Rio colt won his first two starts last year and it always takes an above-average newcomer to manage that.

Brittain then thought enough of him to go for the July Stakes at Newmarket, which was won by Arcano.

Not surprisingly he failed to cut much ice in Group Two company and while this looks a tricky little handicap, the form of Brittain's string suggests a big run is likely.

John Best's NOBLE GREEK also ran in the July Stakes, just like Niran, and finished in front of him.

He is still a maiden after four starts and has been a beaten favourite on three other outings, but surely he can break his duck in the Bet In Running - Betdaq Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

While he was only third at odds-on last time, he looked the winner until the final few strides and he was only beaten a neck and a nose.

That was in October so with a winter on his back, he should have strengthened up and should take all the beating.

Johnston's WHIPPERS LOVE can follow up a recent win in the Marriott Hotel Opening Spring 2010 Handicap and should defy a 3lb rise at Lingfield.

Fourth in a hot Nursery at Doncaster last autumn, he won well at Wolverhampton earlier this month and may still be ahead of the assessor.

Grand old MISTER McGOLDRICK has shown there is still some life in him this season and he holds strong claims in Doncaster's sportingbet.com Veterans' Handicap Chase.

Sue Smith's 13-year-old ran a stormer behind The Sawyer at Cheltenham last time out and that form has been franked since.

The likes of Monkerhostin and Monet's Garden have shown these fine old sticks are not past it yet and while the three-mile trip is a worry, they might go a bit slower in this grade.

Nicky Henderson should be in the mark at Ludlow with GREAT REASON, who finished behind Triumph favourite Mille Chief on his last start.

He meets nothing of that calibre in Ludlow's Stour ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle.