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Voler good value to stun Quevega and conquer World

AT PUNCHESTOWN, Voler La Vedette is the value call to get the better of Quevega in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle after her fine effort behind Big Buck's at Cheltenham.

The eight-year-old mare has three wins this season, including the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle, and was second by one and three-quarter lengths behind Big Buck's last month. Colm Murphy's charge has lost to rival Quevega before, but gets the nod in testing conditions here.

The Fun Crusher showed enough on his reappearance at Doncaster to suggest he is worth following in the Remember John 'Mother' Hubbard Handicap at Beverley.

Trained by Tim Easterby and owned by Channel 4 Racing's Jim McGrath, the four-year-old was having just the second start of his life.

As his debut win was over 12 furlongs, it was not surprising he was a little short of speed mid-race over 10 at Town Moor, and the fact connections are keeping him over that trip suggest they expect him to strip fitter.

The slight drop in trip should prove no barrier to Mark Johnston's Lady Macduff notching up another success in the Racing UK Handicap.

Johnston also runs Icelander, so the market may provide a few clues.

Mick Channon's Rigolleto is able to run off his lowest ever mark in the Hilton Brighton Metropole Supports Sussex Crimestoppers Handicap at the Seaside track.

Having blown the cobwebs away at Doncaster, he can go well back in a small field.

The Gradus Lafite Maiden Auction Stakes at Wolverhampton might not take much winning, so the fact Alan McCabe has booked Mickael Barzalona for Until It Sleeps could be noteworthy.

Fifth on her debut 12 days ago, she was beaten just over four lengths at 33-1 and should know more this time.

Noble Alan can defy top weight in the Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Handicap Chase.

The grey could do with a change of luck having got rid of his jockey the last two times.

Nicky Richards has kept him away from the bad ground all winter and should be rewarded.

And Sue Smith's Crafti Bookie can make a winning fencing debut in the Crabbie's Spiffing Alcoholic Ginger Beer Beginners' Chase at Uttoxeter.


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