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Marathon trip to swing it for Dickie Henderhoop

Dickie Henderhoop is fancied to build on what ultimately proved to be an unfortunate defeat last weekend when he turns out in a novice handicap hurdle at Kelso tomorrow.

Put forward as a live outsider in this corner for an amateur riders' race at Carlisle on Sunday, the Lucy Normile-trained six-year-old went a long way to justifying market support in finishing third. Over a two-and-a-half-mile journey that was probably on the short side for him, Dickie Henderhoop finished with a real flourish, beaten little more than a length at the death.

Tomorrow, Normile has opted to up him in trip to a marathon three miles and three furlongs, with Dougie Costello booked to steer this time. It will be disappointing if he doesn't make amends now.

In the preceding mares' novice hurdle, Seedless will doubtless be a popular choice for the all-conquering Donald McCain and Jason Maguire partnership. However, it may pay to side with Glenora Gale here.

An easy bumper winner at Hexham in the summer, Lucinda Russell's six-year-old lost little in defeat when second to Lough Derg Way in a winner's contest at Uttoxeter next time. Switched to hurdles on her reappearance at Newcastle last month, Glenora Gale found only the well-bred Cue To Cue too strong, finishing 18 lengths clear of the remainder.

Tomorrow, she steps up a couple of furlongs in distance to two miles and six, and that is expected to prove crucial.

Irish Independent