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Looking good for Grimthorpe success

By Chris Wilson

Looking Well should be trained to precision for the BetBright Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster.

Based in Cumbria with the in-form Nicky Richards, this unexposed eight-year-old raised a few eyebrows in the Sky Bet Chase at this track last month when he stayed on purposefully to take second spot behind Ziga Boy.

That was a terrific run under the circumstances, with everything he has done so far suggesting that this extra quarter of a mile will be made to measure.

Looking Well has a bit to prove against some of the alleged big guns, most notably The Last Samuri and Definitly Red, but he does not have a Grand National entry and this could be his big day of the season.

Ryan Day's 5lb claim adds to the appeal of a horse who is at the foot of the weights.

O Maonlai looks a player in the big race of the day at Newbury.

Newbury is very much his bag, as he showed when winning the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap so handsomely in November.

He was then sent into battle for the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, but he could never get serious under Adrian Heskin and was pulled up in the soft ground.

O Maonlai was, however, not the only horse to have been overawed by Bristol De Mai that day so that run can easily be forgotten as he reverts to a more suitable course and distance.

The handicapper certainly feels that way, at any rate, as he remains on a mark of 143 for the William Hill-sponsored Greatwood Gold Cup.

There is a suspicion he still has a lot more to give over fences, though, so that weighty issue might not be the end of the world, either.

DONCASTER: 1.50 The Organist, 2.25 San Benedeto, 3.00 Taws, 3.35 Looking Well, 4.10 Boagrius, 4.45 Danceintothelight, 5.20 Brecon Hill.

KELSO: 2.15 Reivers Lad, 2.50 Ash Park, 3.25 Mount Mews, 4.00 Tenor Nivernais, 4.35 Rosquero, 5.10 Sammy B.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 The Wee Chief, 2.35 Sea Of Flames, 3.10 Miss Mirabeau, 3.45 Kasbah, 4.20 Second Thought, 4.55 Tartan Bute, 5.30 Synodic.

NAVAN: 2.10 A Year To Remember, 2.45 Bargy Lady, 3.20 Camlann, 3.55 Kings Bandit, 4.30 Ontopoftheworld, 5.05 Texas Jack, 5.35 Coeur De Beauchene.

NEWBURY: 1.30 Willow's Saviour, 2.05 Harry Topper, 2.40 London Prize, 3.15 O MAONLAI (NAP), 3.50 Bol D'Air, 4.25 Gala Ball, 5.00 Sam Brown.

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Tricorn, 6.15 Poppy In The Wind, 6.45 Horsforth, 7.15 Swift Emperor, 7.45 Glorious Artist, 8.15 African Grey.

DOUBLE: O Maonlai and Looking Well.

HUNTINGDON (tomorrow): 2.00 Azzuri, 2.30 Fifty Bob, 3.00 Zeroeshadesofgrey, 3.30 DESERT QUEEN (NAP), 4.00 Court Frontier, 4.30 Walsingham Grange, 5.00 Comely, 5.30 Blazon.

LEOPARDSTOWN (tomorrow): 2.10 Hidden Cyclone, 2.40 Broken Soul, 3.10 Joshua Lane, 3.40 Identity Thief, 4.10 Bearly Legal, 4.40 James, 5.10 High Tide.

SEDGEFIELD (tomorrow): 2.20 Jac The Legend, 2.50 Bollin Ace, 3.20 Swing Hard, 3.50 Midnight Silver, 4.20 Volvalien, 4.50 Toola Boola, 5.20 Tikkanbar.

DOUBLE: Desert Queen and Court Frontier.

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