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Golden Spear is bang on target for success

By Nick Grant

Golden Spear sneaked in as the last horse for the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle at Ascot today and can make the most of the opportunity.

While he progressed on the Flat through the summer to a mark of 87, beating the rock-solid yardstick Nakeeta in the November Handicap at Leopardstown, his hurdles mark is still only 124 as he has not been jumping since winning a decent pot at Listowel in September 2015.

With good form in big fields on the level, the hurly burly will not be a barrier to success and with the excellent Donagh Meyler taking another 3lb off his back, he will feel like he is running free.

It is widely accepted he could be absolutely thrown in, but with last year's dead-heaters Jolly's Cracked It and Sternrubin back again, along with the likes of Meet The Legend and Who Dares Wins, his hurdling will have to be up to scratch.

Unowhatimeanharry, trained by Harry Fry and ridden by Barry Geraghty, should justify favouritism in the JLT Long Walk Hurdle.

ASCOT: 12.40 Walt, 1.15 Top Notch, 1.50 Orbasa, 2.25 Unowhatimeanharry, 3.00 Le Mercurey, 3.35 GOLDEN SPEAR (NAP).

FAIRYHOUSE: 12.00 Ineffable, 12.30 Rock On Rosie, 1.00 Minella Till Dawn, 1.35 The Jazz Singer, 2.10 Yorkhill, 2.45 Mall Dini, 3.20 Classic Theatre.

HAYDOCK: 11.50 Baratineur, 12.20 Buveur D'Air, 12.55 Splash Of Ginge, 1.30 Ut Majeur Aulmes, 2.05 Colin's Sister, 2.40 Trickaway, 3.15 Le Rocher.

LINGFIELD: 11.45 Mr Scaramanga, 12.15 Hamelin, 12.50 Port Master, 1.25 Bargain Buy, 2.00 Grendisar, 2.35 Reckless Wave, 3.10 Stormflower, 3.40 Fly True.

NEWCASTLE: 12.05 Kimberlite Candy, 12.35 Hainan, 1.10 Annie Alainn, 1.45 Pemba, 2.20 Pretty Miss Mahler, 2.55 Bun Doran, 3.25 Nevada.

DOUBLE: Golden Spear and Unowhatimeanharry.

FAKENHAM (Sunday): 12.40 Taurian, 1.10 Soupy Soups, 1.45 Drumlee Lad, 2.20 G'DAY AUSSIE (NAP), 2.50 Northandsouth, 3.20 Third Estate.

LINGFIELD (Sunday): 12.25 Monteamiata, 12.55 Zamjar, 1.30 Mamoo, 2.05 Dutch Uncle, 2.35 Plutocracy, 3.05 Jersey Bull, 3.35 Hidden Gem.

NAVAN (Sunday): 12.15 Cilaos Emery, 12.45 Death Duty, 1.20 Clarcam, 1.55 Stoneford, 2.25 Cassells Rock, 2.55 Effernock Lad, 3.25 Good Thyne Tara.

THURLES (Sunday): 12.30 A Sizing Network, 1.00 Spancil Hill, 1.35 Getoutwhenyoucan, 2.10 Asthuria, 2.40 Draycott Place, 3.10 Dounikos, 3.40 Sharps Choice.

DOUBLE: G'Day Aussie and Dutch Uncle.

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