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Parlour is all set to raise game

PARLOUR GAMES can provide Paul Hanagan with another valuable winner in the race to be champion jockey as the pair team up at Kempton.

On the face of it, Parlour Games has plenty to find as he steps up to Listed level in the Betdaq Mobile Apps Floodlit Stakes.

However, the three-year-old remains the horse most likely to make the required strides as he has just his 11th career start here.

Already a three-time winner this term, Parlour Games struggled to contend with a 7lb rise when bidding for a hat-trick at Ascot last time out but was still only beaten three lengths in seventh.

If Laaheb runs to his rating, Parlour Games would have a mountain to climb but with that one having been off the track since July, Parlour Games could have a fitness edge.

Nottingham usually draws a clutch of well-bred horses for their backend maidens and Michael Stoute's Sequence could be a star turn on breeding.

Owned by the queen of England, the Selkirk filly is a half-sister to Derby winner Sinndar and merits close inspection in the second division of the PHS Waterlogic Maiden Stakes.

Ancient Greece should relish the soft ground in the PHS Treadsmart Conditions Stakes.

He was all at see on quick conditions during the summer but some juice in the ground saw him return to winning form at Brighton last month.

George Baker's charge then followed up at Chepstow, and with the trainer reporting that the gelding had just started to recover fully from a breathing problem, he could have even more in the locker.

Paul Nicholls does like to exploit the four-year-old weight allowances in the novice chase division and Tonic Mellysse looks another winning prospect.

He made a fair start to the year when second in a hurdles event at Cheltenham's Showcase meeting earlier this month.

Tonic Mellysse was simply not as quick as winner Kalann that day, and while the race was hardly run to suit, he was soundly beaten at the finish.

The Smadoun gelding should strip fitter for the outing though and Warwick's Commscope And Anixter Business Partners Novices' Chase, which boasts Cerium and Somersby among previous winners, is an ideal starting point.

Nicholls should also be on the mark with Merrion Square in the Spiffing Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Maiden Hurdle at Chepstow.

The five-year-old was a point-to-point winner at Lemonfield back in March, and has since joined the Stewart Family team at Ditcheat. A half-brother to a chase winner, Merrion Square has some potential.