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Market Rasen: Vaughan backs Bottman

Tim Vaughan had other options for the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Market Rasen so it is hopefully significant he has sided with Bottman.

Given a Grade One entry at Cheltenham, Vaughan's recruit clearly has ability judged on his six-length romp at Towcester last month under Tony McCoy.

Lightly raced so far, he won one of his two starts in bumpers and the yard is in great shape at the moment. He has Soir D'Estruval from the Alan King yard to beat.

Although it is moderate stuff at Sedgefield, there is still a potentially nice horse on show in Armedanddangerous and he should take all beating in the Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Trained by Worcester-based Tom Gretton, the Kris Kin gelding made his debut in a bumper at Folkestone won by Penny Max, and ran well afterwards on his debut over hurdles in a race won by Alan King's Pride In Battle.

Gretton's charge gave every indication he had a future and he can only have improved.

His small yard had a winner the other day and as he is running at the opposite end of the country to his debut, they look to have scoured the programme book for a suitable opening.

Marvellous Value was a progressive sprint handicapper a couple of seasons ago and might just prove aptly-named for his followers in the 10% Forecast Bonus At Handicap at Southwell.

He finished the 2008 season on a high with a fine fifth in the always-competitive Silver Cup at Ayr, but the Danetime gelding was not seen again until July last year, where he was nibbled at in the market on his return from a 659-day absence, suggesting he was showing his old ability at home.

Mediterranean Sea has yet to finish outside the first three in six runs here and there is no reason to expect that record to change in the Play Rainbow Riches At Handicap.

The John Jenkins-trained five-year-old is no superstar but is genuine and tough, being the epitome of 'horses for courses'.

His neck defeat to Stanley Rigby last week was at the hands of an improver who was winning his third race on the bounce, and the pair were nicely clear of the third.

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