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Nicky raises the Noise level at Ffos Las

Ruthenoise tackles fences for the first time in the Celtic Lager Wales' Premium Lager Novices' Chase at Ffos Las today and the hint should be taken in the 3.20.

Trainer Nicky Henderson obviously feels she has exhausted her mark over timber after giving Binocular a fright at Sandown, finishing just under two lengths adrift of her illustrious stablemate.

Out again just four days later before her new rating came into effect, she beat all bar Ocean Transit, who franked the form in a good race at the weekend.

In receipt of the mares' allowance, she must go well.

Somehow Jonjo O'Neill has managed to get City Theatre a mark of 109 over fences which makes him an attractive proposition in Leicester's John O´Gaunt Handicap Chase today.

A really smart hurdler, he took part in the Coral Cup last season off a rating of 130 so after just three starts over fences, O'Neill must be rubbing his hands with glee about him taking part in a race fully 21lb lower than he was competing off 12 months ago.

York Glory can give the former partnership of Kevin Ryan and Neil Callan a winner in the At The Races Virgin 534 Maiden Stakes at Lingfield today.

The trainer and jockey used to be a fail-safe option for punters in the north of England and many would have backed them blind over the years.

However, recent seasons have seen Callan base himself down south as second jockey to Michael Jarvis and when the veteran Newmarket handler retired last week, Callan got the top job for his successor Roger Varian.

Even before that, Ryan had moved to make the capable Phillip Makin his stable jockey and the pair have already had a good start to their association.

But with Makin not in action today, the Thirsk handler has gone back to what he knows and York Glory looks a likely winner after a very promising debut.

Sent off favourite, he had obviously shown plenty at home but was slowly away and green turning into the straight.

He finished third but you would like to think that with the benefit of experience he would have won.

Andrew Balding's Queen O'The Desert sets a fair standard but Ryan's horses generally improve a great deal for their initial run.

Alan Swinbank's Bosambo will surely never have a better chance of breaking his duck than in the ATR Maiden Stakes at Lingfield today.

Only four are set to go to post and one of those has never beaten a rival in three starts.

One other, Balding's Viking Dancer, has shown a decent level of ability but has not run for 518 days so it leaves it as a shoot-out between the selection, Bosambo, and Uncle Dermot, who has not shown that much, in all fairness, to date.

Bosambo has gradually improved with racing and finished second last time out to earn a rating of 77, which is probably too high, but leaves him well treated in this.

John Best's Officer Lily is a speculative selection for the Visit Handicap.

Having had only three runs, at a variety of trips, she has been handed a mark of just 53.

That looks workable given she finds herself over a mile here after staying on nicely over seven furlongs when last seen.

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