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Glory Of Paris tipped to triomphe for Appleby


'Glory Of Paris has since hit the frame again twice, most recently when third at this track last week' (stock photo)
'Glory Of Paris has since hit the frame again twice, most recently when third at this track last week' (stock photo)

By Anita Chambers

Glory Of Paris can continue his recent spell of good form with victory in the Follow Top Tipster Templegate At SunRacing Handicap at Newcastle.

The five-year-old was running well for Rod Millman last October, before changing hands for 20,000 guineas and joining Michael Appleby's team.

He immediately gave his new connections some return on their investment, edged into second on his initial outing before hitting the target at Chelmsford on his second start for Appleby.

Glory Of Paris has since hit the frame again twice, most recently when third at this track last week.

The Sir Prancealot gelding reared as the stalls opened that day - and after making up lost lengths, he took a keen hold to get back in front and paid for those exertions in the finish.

Glory Of Paris clearly had nothing go his way that day, and is worth another try here.

Roaring Rory struck gold at this track in November, and can make it a course double in the Betway Casino Handicap.

Scoring over six furlongs for the first time that day, he won what was only an average race, but this event is little better - and a 1lb rise should prove no bar to success.

Vrai is an intriguing recruit for Kevin Ryan, and worth following on her second British start in the Ladbrokes Handicap.

She failed to win any of her six French outings but caught the eye on her first run on these shores when finishing third over six furlongs.

Vrai was putting in all her best work at the finish, so it makes sense for Ryan to try her over seven furlongs now - and she is definitely one for the short list.

Potters Corner struck gold at Wincanton on Boxing Day and can follow up in the Healthy Pets Somerset National Handicap Chase back at that track.

Christian Williams' charge only returned from a long spell on the sidelines last November and following a couple of racecourse outings, he regained the winning thread in an event similar to this. He got a great ride that day to win by just under three lengths and while a 7lb rise is not ideal, Potters Corner still seems pretty unexposed over fences.

Kupatana has come unstuck on her last couple of outings but she is worth one last chance in Ludlow's EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Chase.

A five-length winner on her chasing bow in November, she then bumped into the highly-rated Knocknanuss on her next start and was firmly put in her place as a 17-length second.

She might well have got back on the winning track next time out, but she unshipped her rider when leading at the fourth fence and she again looked likely to take a hand in the finish on her most recent start, only to fall at the penultimate obstacle.

Nicky Henderson will be hoping Kupatana can put in a clear round here and she appears the best of the three contenders.

A Perfect Gift can take the Listed honours that are on offer at Market Rasen in the Alan Swinbank Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Olly Murphy's runner hails from the family of Sizing Europe and she was well supported on her racecourse bow at Uttoxeter last month.

While she made slightly hard work of winning what looked a decent bumper, her attitude could not be faulted and she should be much sharper for that outing here.

LUDLOW: 12.40 Back On the Lash, 1.10 Kupatana, 1.45 Family Man, 2.15 Truckers Highway, 2.50 No No Juliet, 3.25 Marinero, 4.05 Honourmission.

MARKET RASEN: 12.30 Garrettstown, 1.00 Weakfield, 1.35 Oregon Gold, 2.05 Ontopoftheworld, 2.40 A Perfect Gift, 3.15 Ryalex, 3.45 Houndscourt.

NEWCASTLE: 3.55 Dommersen, 4.25 Taceec, 4.55 Vrai, 5.25 Dawn Delight, 5.55 GLORY OF PARIS (NAP), 6.25 Roaring Rory, 6.55 First Excel, 7.25 Steelriver.

WINCANTON: 12.50 Sandymount, 1.20 Kauto The King, 1.55 Peterborough, 2.25 Potters Corner, 3.00 Molly Childers, 3.35 Balibour, 4.10 Steady Away.

DOUBLE: Glory Of Paris and Vrai.

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