Preview: Keep a wary eye on Nelson


<p>LONDON – Nelsons Column can take advantage of a marked drop in class to land the spoils in the Subscribe to Racing UK Claiming Stakes at Catterick.</p>

<p>George Moore’s versatile five-year-old, who is blind in one eye, has to put two below-par efforts behind him, but both of those contests were against much stronger than in this weak affair.</p>
<p>The form of his run at Beverley in April behind Harry the Hawk and Blue Spinnaker reads well in the context of this race and proves he retains enough ability to put these moderate performers to the sword. In addition, Russell Kennemore is good value for his 1.5kg claim and can guide Nelsons Column to his first victory since August 2006.</p>
<p>Alan Swinbank’s improving Next of Kin looks a solid bet in the Handicap. He performed admirably when upped in trip on his first foray into handicap company at Hamilton last time out. He was just touched off by the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Aleatricis. Teaming up with Robert Winston once more, he can go one better in what looks a moderate contest.</p>
<p>Vortex is expected to put his recent performances behind him in the EBF Paul Kelleway Memorial Classified Stakes at Lingfield. This venue has long been a happy hunting ground for Gay Kelleway’s admirable old campaigner. He will appreciate the return to his favourite surface and can land first prize ahead of Sir Mark Prescott’s improving three-year-old Master of Arts.</p>
<p>Todber should turn in an improved effort in his first venture into handicap company in the Forest Row Handicap Stakes. He showed promise in his three qualifying runs and it will be disappointing if he does not prove better than his current rating of 59.</p>
<p>It could pay to side with David Simcock’s juvenile Dubai Legend in the EBF Epsom Trainers Open Day This Sunday Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton. His stable introduced a decent-looking newcomer in Desert Phantom last weekend and this youngster would also be interesting if he attracted market support.</p>
<p>Tatbeeq is potentially well-in off a mark of 73 and can provide Michael Jarvis and Richard Hills with a winner in the Digibet Casino Fillies’ Handicap later on the card.</p>
<p>Evan Williams’ massively-improved William Butler is expected to take all the beating in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter. Judging by the manner of his facile victory at Stratford last weekend, a 7kg penalty might not be enough to stop this progressive chaser.</p>

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