Saturday 24 February 2018

Richards to gain from Noble call

Anita Chambers

Noble Alan should appreciate the switch back to hurdles as he makes his seasonal bow at Kempton today.

Nicky Richards' charge was a classy runner over the smaller obstacles back in 2008/9, winning the Grade Two Scottish Champion Hurdle.

The seven-year-old then made the transition to fences last term and looked like making up into a decent performer in winning three of his five starts, although he was the only finisher in one of those outings. However, Noble Alan was found out when stepped up to Group One level at Aintree, finishing well in arrears of Tataniano in the Maghull.

Richards is planning to move back to the bigger obstacles with the King's Theatre gelding after this run but the Hurdle provides a nice starting point.

Karasenir can turn around a recent length defeat by William Hogarth in the Casino Novices' Hurdle.

Philip Hobbs' charge was having just his second start over obstacles when beaten by his reopposing rival at Chepstow and a couple of bad jumping errors proved costly.

Karasenir should have learned a bit for that outing and could be ready to resume the winning thread here.

Heez A Cracker can oblige for Emma Lavelle in the Bingo "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

The four-year-old failed to strike in three starts last term but posted a personal best on his final effort when he finished third at this track. Although he looks more of a chasing type, this could prove an ideal opportunity to get a win on the board.

Census came off second best to his stablemate last time but he can go one place better in the Profab Windows SW Maiden Stakes at Bath.

An early entry in next year's Derby, the Cacique colt stepped up on an average debut when beaten a length and a half by Chain Lightning in testing conditions last time.

Sunday Independent

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