AMBELLA should appreciate the slight descent in trip for the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap at Lingfield.
Ian Williams' filly looked poised to win over an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton just before Christmas, but the grey's challenge rather petered out.
No matter, connections must still have been pretty pleased with Ambella that day as she only went down to Cherry Tiger by a length and a half, even in spite of the soporific gallop from the outset.
Before that, she confirmed her winter vitality with stout placed finishes over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton and over a mile at Kempton.
Ambella should theoretically be in her element back over an extended seven furlongs for a race which hardly looks the stuff of legends.
Having initially been handed a mark of 70 in the summer, a perch of 55 is there to be exploited.
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The three-year-old filly has been relatively consistent in six career starts, but she deserves a change of fortune in order for her winless run to come to an end.
It may arrive in this race, too, as a recent third-placed finish in a one-mile handicap at Kempton must have given trainer Simon Dow plenty of food for thought.
The daughter of Sixties Icon crucially settled a lot better at the Sunbury circuit and this looks far easier.
ROCK CHARM deserves recognition in the second division of the coral.co.uk Handicap.
The three-year-old stayed on with vigour in an extended nine-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton in November and was only bested by a nose. Trainer Stuart Williams has decided to revert to a mile and a quarter for this engagement which was hardly a bombshell given the manner in which he stuck to his task at Dunstall Park.
KALANE can give her emerging reputation a significant boost by taking Listed honours at Taunton.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon clearly feels the five-year-old is up to the grade following a really authoritative effort on her hurdling bow at Southwell.
Sent on her way a largely unconsidered 10-1 chance, Kalane purposefully drew clear of her rivals three out before keeping Monbeg Theatre at arm's length by four and a half lengths.
That two-mile novice hurdle was arguably one of the best staged in Nottinghamshire this season, a point which takes on added gravitas by the fact the runner-up has since won his last two races.
Kalane was admittedly in receipt of a fair chunk of weight at Southwell, but it was hard not to have been impressed by her.
At this juncture in her development, a race like the totepool Betting On All UK Racing Mares' Novices' Hurdle looks just the ticket.
TUTCHEC should be ready to roll in The Last Fling Chase at Haydock.
Trained in Cumbria by Nicky Richards, the seven-year-old gelding should be coming to hand nicely for this assignment following a promising effort at Newcastle last month.
Tutchec improved out of a sight for a quiet reintroduction at Carlisle to finish fourth in the Rehearsal Chase, beaten just under 10 lengths by Hey Big Spender.
Richards' inmate typically jumped well at Gosforth Park, evoking memories of his four consecutive chasing victories last season, and was doing all of his best work towards the finish.
Little wonder, then, that his wise trainer has decided to go up to three and a half miles on Merseyside.
With the handicapper having taken off another couple of pounds, he is once again beginning to look like an appealing betting prospect.