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Royale can rule roost at Kempton

Royale Ransom should not be dismissed lightly in the Chart Plan Nursery at Kempton.

The Clive Cox-trained tyro will have heartened connections since making a striking debut over this course and distance in September, and can take her game to the next level here.

Although disappointing at Salisbury, Cox will have been buoyed by her recent third in a tight Kempton maiden, during which she galloped on strongly once the game was up.

Royale Ransom unsurprisingly returns to seven furlongs on her fourth career outing and would be a real danger if in a similar frame of mind.

It would be a little confusing if she did not prove a deal better than her inaugural mark of 65 this winter.

Piranha is also respected in the Friends Life Nursery 30 minutes later.

Ed Dunlop's young gun has admittedly been highly tried this year, but is twice a scorer over five furlongs.

Things went pear-shaped over course and distance last month, but that was perhaps down to her head-strong tendencies wearing first-time blinkers.

Dunlop has now discounted the head-gear, while the handicapper has finally given her a bit of breathing space.

Reg's Ruby has done pretty well since her attentions were switched to fences, and was arguably a tad unlucky at Towcester two weeks ago when a bad gaffe at the last paved the way clear for Noble Witness.

On that evidence, the five-year-old mare is clearly at her best when attempting to make all of the running.

Wincanton has historically proven a happy-hunting ground for trailblazing chasers, which certainly bodes well, with this slightly longer trip seemingly made to measure.

Beat The Shower should be given a try in the PHS Direct Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.

Those who had invested in Peter Niven's five-year-old at Musselburgh will be reticent to hand over their cash as he departed early on under Peter Buchanan.

That said, he had shown a fair level of form over hurdles in the past before embarking upon a profitable Flat campaign.

Niven's representative will be available at generous odds following his Musselburgh spill and, unlike some, is still open to plenty of progress.

Playing With Fire can gain a richly deserved victory in the victorchandler.com Mares' Handicap Chase at Hereford. The Robin Dickin-trained seven-year-old may still have a little more to give off a mark of 110.

Henry Daly's horses are running well, with Sunsetten set to do the business in the Herefordshire Growing Point Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.


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