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Pipe's classy Abracadabra Sivola has the magic touch

By Anita Chambers

Abracadabra Sivola can give David Pipe a nice success at his local track by lifting Exeter's Higos Insurance Services Devon National Handicap Chase.

He took a step forward when upped in trip to three and a quarter miles at Wincanton in January, chasing home five-times winner Alfie Spinner.

Dropped back to just short of three miles last time though, he showed plenty of stamina when outgalloping his rivals to claim a two-and-a-half-length verdict at Taunton.

He takes a massive jump up in distance this time, but staying seemed his likely forte at Wincanton so he is worth a shout.

Wild West Wind is entered for the National Hunt Chase at the Festival and a win in the Andrew West Memorial Chase would surely see him on his way to the Cotswolds in three weeks' time.

He has won each of his two chase starts this term, opening with a wide-margin success at Wincanton in January before following up at Hereford earlier this month.

The first two finished well clear of the rest that day as Wild West Wind made light of a 12lb hike and he looks a thoroughly progressive individual.

Gilgamesh can shrug off a lengthy period on the sidelines by lifting the 32Red.com Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The Niarchos family's home-bred did not promise much when well beaten as a 33-1 shot at Newmarket last July but he made a massive step forward for that outing when landing a Nottingham maiden the following month.

He put up a thoroughly professional performance that day, picking up the lead inside the final furlong before pushing on for a three-quarter-length verdict.

Things have clearly not gone all to plan as Gilgamesh has been off the track since then, but a mark of 79 certainly gives George Scott a bit to work with.

Jet Setter made a reasonable debut for Tony Carroll with fourth place last time, and he can step up on that effort for his new team in the 32Red.com-sponsored handicap.

The three-year-old shaped as though a small event like this could be within his reach when beaten two and a quarter lengths last time.

DUNDALK: 5.30 Chestnut Fire, 6.00 Zinat, 6.30 Geological, 7.00 Power Of Ten, 7.30 Twistsandturns, 8.00 New Direction, 8.30 Ligeti, 9.00 Hello Humpfrey.

EXETER: 2.10 Little Miss Poet, 2.45 Graceful Legend, 3.15 Wild West Wind, 3.50 ABRACADABRA SIVOLA (NAP), 4.25 Any Drama, 4.55 Muffins For Tea, 5.25 Chance Taken.

LINGFIELD: 2.20 Firestorm, 2.55 Casablanca, 3.25 Auric Goldfinger, 4.00 Twin Point, 4.35 Arya Stark, 5.05 Street Jazz.

WARWICK: 2.00 Monsieur Co, 2.30 Landin, 3.05 Celtic Park, 3.35 Ballygarvey, 4.10 Storm Alert, 4.45 Future Gilded, 5.15 Grey Warbler.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Lizzy's Dream, 6.15 Iona Island, 6.45 Dream Ally, 7.15 Gilgamesh, 7.45 Jet Setter, 8.15 Jack The Truth.

DOUBLE: Abracadabra Sivola and Gilgamesh.

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