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Moonman ready for blast-off

By Chris Wilson

Captain Moonman did enough on his debut for Rebecca Curtis to warrant interest in the Racing Post Weekender Out Tomorrow Handicap Hurdle at Ffos Las.

The eight-year-old did not enjoy being out on his own over three miles here earlier this month, but stayed on towards the end once he was overtaken by Jump Up.

That should have done him the world of good in his first outing since April – and he should be happier over this shorter trip.

Keep an eye, too, on Kilvergan Boy, who runs in the 32Red Handicap Chase.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' nine-year-old jumped poorly at Newton Abbot a fortnight ago, but he can be given another chance if his recent success at Perth is factored into the equation.

Kilvergan Boy still has plenty in hand over the assessor if he can replicate his good form over fences from a few years ago.

Breccbennach is a relatively interesting runner in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Wolverhampton. The former John Oxx inmate has had a fair season for Seamus Durack, with a solid victory at Leicester in September the highlight.

He also turned in a pretty encouraging display in a good six-furlong handicap at Newmarket later that month, when he plugged on for fourth spot behind Equitania, beaten only a length and a half.

Breccbennach lacked a bit of zip to go with the major players on that occasion, so it is little wonder Durack goes back over seven furlongs with the gelded son of Oasis Dream.

His solid form on the Dundalk all-weather in Ireland over that distance, would put him bang in the frame for this race, in which many of his rivals are in the midst of a lean spell.

Sioux Chieftain can make a successful debut for trainer Michael Appleby when he wages war in the Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap at Catterick.

The capable Danethorpe handler has taken over the stewardship of this three-year-old gelding from Tim Pitt, for whom he won a mile-and-a-quarter handicap at Nottingham in April. Sioux Chieftain is 10lb higher here, but there are valid reasons to expect a big run on his Appleby bow.

SELECTIONS:CATTERICK: 2.50 Captain Joe, 1.20 Sunny Side Up, 1.50 Holy Angel, 2.20 Llewellyn, 2.50 SIOUX CHIEFTAIN (NAP), 3.20 Wee Giant, 3.50 Fathom Five, 4.20 Mission Impossible.

FFOS LAS: 1.30 Gate Please, 2.00 Captain Moonman, 2.30 Get It On, 3.00 Jump Up, 3.30 Bob Ford, 4.00 Kilvergan Boy, 4.30 Carpies Boy.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.40 Interception, 5.10 You're The Boss, 5.40 Definite Secret, 6.10 Breccbennach, 6.40 Byron Gala, 7.10 Landau.

YARMOUTH: 1.10 Istikshaf, 1.40 Bourbon Prince, 2.10 Kung Hei Fat Choy, 2.40 Baileys Forever, 3.10 Minimee, 3.40 Mystery Bet, 4.10 Ticoz.

DOUBLE: Sioux Chieftain, Breccbennach.

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