Charm offensive can pay off for firm of Fehily and Fry
Charmix, with Noel Fehily in the saddle, can finally get off the mark over fences in the Weatherbys Private Bank Novices' Chase at Hereford today. Harry Fry's charge looked an exciting recruit to the chasing division at the start of the season having run some fine races over hurdles to secure a rating of 145.
However, his first two efforts over fences have yielded no joy, although he probably stood little chance against the Grade One-placed As De Mee on his debut given that one has gone on to win the Grand Sefton at Aintree.
He was undone by his inexperience that day so connections would surely have expected an improved effort at Bangor on his next outing, but again Charmix's jumping came unstuck when the race really began in earnest.
The winner that day, Potters Legend, is another smart type so it perhaps was not as bad a run as it may have seemed at first glance.
Fry is sure to have been working on Charmix's jumping in the interim and he is worth one last chance at this sort of level.
Canoodle can make it second time lucky over obstacles in the Weatherbys Printing Services Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Starlit Cantata has hit the bar on her last two outings but should be on the mark in the Betway Handicap at Lingfield.
The six-year-old seemingly saves her best for the Surrey track as she has registered each of her four career victories over the 10-furlong track here.
She returns to her favourite course and distance and, while she has failed to strike gold in over a year, Eve Johnson Houghton has sent the Oratorio mare to Lingfield just three times in the interim.
There was plenty of encouragement in a recent head reverse at Chelmsford. Despite going up a couple of pounds, her mark of 77 is the same as her last winning one in October 2015.
A starting point of 78 looks highly workable for Snobbery in the Betway Best Odds Guaranteed Plus Handicap.
Third on his debut at Kempton, Roger Charlton's charge improved on that effort when scoring at Wolverhampton at the beginning of December.
That was an average maiden, but Snobbery could be called the winner a long way from home and was far from pushed to claim a decisive verdict.
This race will present a stiffer task but Snobbery can rise to the challenge.
Constantino has had to settle for second on his last two outings at Newcastle, but he can finally get his head in front in the sunbets.co.uk Handicap.
Beaten a length and a quarter by Flaming Spear, Constantino has been put up 2lb by the handicapper but given he was having just his seventh start, there could still be a little something left in the locker.
Synodic impressed when winning at Chelmsford last time and can follow up in the Betway Middle Apprentice Handicap at Wolverhampton.
HEREFORD: 12.55 Young Lou, 1.25 Canoodle, 1.55 CHARMIX (NAP), 2.25 Working Title, 2.55 Jameson, 3.25 Strong Pursuit, 3.55 Stage One.
LINGFIELD: 1.10 Dubai Art, 1.45 Ruby Wednesday, 2.15 Starlit Cantata, 2.45 Ribbing, 3.15 Snobbery, 3.45 Combe Hay.
NEWCASTLE: 1.35 Dubaitwentytwenty, 2.05 White Royale, 2.35 Kicking The Can, 3.05 Constantino, 3.35 Orlando Rogue, 4.05 Dark Side Dream.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.15 Synodic, 4.45 Raashdy, 5.15 Special Relation, 5.45 Jumbo Prado, 6.15 For Ayman, 6.45 Athassel, 7.15 Bold Max.
DOUBLE: Charmix and Starlit Cantata.