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Rendezvous Peak aims for back to back wins at Fakenham

By Chris Wilson

Rendezvous Peak can nail back-to-back wins in the ATR Toftrees Handicap Hurdle at Fakenham.

Lucy Wadham's six-year-old banished memories of a subdued return at Towcester in November when he galloped two and three-quarter lengths clear in a handicap hurdle at Huntingon.

Rendezvous Peak jumped markedly left at the last flight that day, but it was of little consequence as he was well on top by then.

He may have gone up 6lb, but the sparingly-campaigned gelding is theoretically open to further progress in what is hardly a race teeming with legends of the Turf. Shwaiman is the pick in the opening ATR Sculthorpe Maiden Hurdle after a satisfactory jumping bow at Doncaster last month.

Placedat Listed level on the Flat, James Fanshawe's charge finished a creditable fifth on Town Moor, keeping on well until just weakening with two to jump on quite testing ground.

He hit the last that day too but granted better conditions here, Shwaiman looks likely to open his National Hunt account.

Master Rajeem makes a swift reappearance in the ATR Helhoughton Handicap Chase after his wide-margin success at Sedgefield last week.

Neil King is clearly keen to get another run in before the handicapper has his say about a 25-length beating of Basford Ben.

Master Rajeem is saddled with a 7lb penalty here but given the ease of his victory, it is hard to see that extra chunk of weight proving a bar to success.

Never Easy looks an appealing proposition in the Handicap at Southwell.

Richard Fahey's grey has done well in two prior visits to the Nottinghamshire circuit, and deserves recognition back over seven furlongs.

The Zebedee colt was never really a factor on the turf last summer, but he showed at Southwell in December he has the aptitude to handle the Fibresand track.

Never Easy attempted to make all of the running in a seven-furlong handicap, and was only worried out of it late on by Excelling Oscar, who was in receipt of 5lb. The three-year-old returned to Southwell on New Year's Day, but he was not quite as effective over six furlongs and was comprehensively defeated by Red Stripes.

Little wonder Fahey has decided to step back up in trip, while a first-time visor is also an interesting addition given he can be quite keen from the front.

A half-brother to several winners over middle distances, Never Easy interestingly competes off the same mark of 60.

And though he renews rivalry with Excelling Oscar, that one is now 6lb higher in the weights which should make for an entirely different outcome.

Pat's Legacy can go one place better in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap than when last sighted at Southwell. The nine-year-old chestnut has been a good servant for various trainers over the years and is now in the care of the capable Marjorie Fife.

Meanwhile David Pipe has been forced to rule the smart Red Sherlock out for the rest of the season.

Not seen since meeting with the only defeat of his career in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last March, Pipe had hoped to get him back for the second half of the campaign.

"When he arrived back from pre-training at Timmy Murphy's yard his scans were not satisfactory and we have decided to draw stumps for the season," the Pond House handler said.

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