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Lungarno PALACE looks a value call in the George Rogers Mobile Catering Handicap at Newmarket.

John Gallagher's three-year-old is likely to be available at decent odds in a field which features a clutch of in-form rivals.

But the son of Henrythenavigator really ought to again run with honour following a solid show at York on October 11.

Lungarno Palace has never really put his best foot forward on a rain-softened track, so his two-length fourth behind Open Eagle on the Knavesmire perhaps deserves to be upgraded.


Before that, he also shone at Newmarket over a mile and a quarter when he defeated Swanwick Shore by a neck in June, when trained by Marco Botti.

With conditions likely to remain fairly brisk for this time of the year, Gallagher rightly deserves to have high hopes of a big show.

That he was entered in a Listed race a day later is also an indicator of his worth.

MISTER PAGAN is entitled to improve for a pleasing reintroduction at York when he runs in the Routemaster Bus Bar And Shardlow Brewing Handicap. Despite having been off the track since September 2013, Keith Dalgleish's stayer galloped strongly towards the line to take third place in a two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap in North Yorkshire.

The six-year-old may end up back over hurdles this winter, but he has only gone up 1lb on the Flat for that encouraging effort and will be unfazed by a slight drop back in trip.

He also goes well when the ground is in decent nick, which appears a likely scenario.

TABLEFORTEN should get a lot closer than when last sighted at Wolverhampton upon his return to Dunstall Park for the Coral Handicap.

Stan Moore's three-year-old son of Pastoral Pursuits was sent off a 40-1 chance in a seven-furlong handicap, in which he was admittedly soundly beaten.

That said, he showed a little glimpse of ability late in the piece by promisingly finishing off his race to take fourth place under considered tactics.

This ascent to an extended nine furlongs, allied to more forceful riding, could eke out further improvement from a horse who is really well handicapped if last summer's form is factored into the equation.

BIG SOUND looked a highly accomplished thoroughbred at Kelso and should be followed in his pursuit of a double at Wetherby.

Mark Walford's seven-year-old led from the outset in a fair handicap chase over just shy of three miles to readily account for Wakhan by three and a quarter lengths.


Big Sound has risen 5lb for the bet365.com Handicap Chase, but that is hardly the end of the world for this tough individual, whose economical jumping technique makes up for a lack of stature.

SKYFIRE has done well enough since reverting to jumps and could go well at a fair price in the bet365.com Handicap Hurdle.

Nick Kent's seven-year-old is a reasonable performer on the level but was not beaten too far at Market Rasen in September.

And though he could only finish third as a short-priced favourite at Sedgefield a fortnight ago, jockey Adam Wedge could not get into a commanding position which has served him well in the past.

Granted an early lead, the relatively progressive Skyfire may take some hauling back.

JACKIES SOLITAIRE looks the one in the Breeders' Cup On ATR Virgin 534 Mares' Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter.

DOWN ROYAL: 1.05 Couleur France, 1.35 Jumptoconclusions, 2.05 Ask Vic, 2.40 Tiger Roll, 3.15 Wounded Warrior, 3.50 Pires, 4.20 Black Zambezi.

DUNDALK: 6.10 Mc Diamond, 6.40 Bubbly Bellini, 7.10 Amazing Star, 7.40 Slipper Orchid, 8.10 Merry Mast, 8.40 Stynes, 9.10 Carrie Bow Cay.

NEWMARKET: 12.30 New Strategy, 1.00 Crown Command, 1.30 LUNGARNO PALACE (NAP), 2.00 Terror, 2.35 Red Pike, 3.10 Headline News, 3.45 Mister Pagan, 4.15 Ocean Applause.

UTTOXETER: 12.50 Flintham, 1.20 Minnie Milan, 1.50 Nebula Storm, 2.25 Pair Of Jacks, 3.00 Jackies Solitaire, 3.35 Solstice Son, 4.10 I'm A Joker.

WETHERBY: 1.10 Jack Frost, 1.40 Skyfire, 2.15 Many Clouds, 2.50 Top Notch, 3.25 Big Sound, 4.00 The Backup Plan.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.25 Tahaf, 4.55 Reggie Bond, 5.25 Tableforten, 5.55 Lightscameraction, 6.25 Dark Days, 6.55 Unnoticed, 7.25 Algaith, 7.55 Zman Awal.

DOUBLE: Lungarno Palace and Mister Pagan.