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London – Chris Gordon’s horses have been running well of late without the successes they have deserved but his Sea Wall can break those frustrations in the Weatherbys Birdie Calendar 2018 Handicap Hurdle at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Having ended last season with three wins he could have been expected to find things tough this campaign, but he reappeared with a fine run at Newbury when second to Poppy Kay.

The winner has franked that form by finishing a fine third in the Gerry Feilden at the weekend, while the third, Donald McCain’s Chti Balko, has run well stepped up in class at Haydock.

A repeat of that effort off the same mark will surely be good enough.

Philip Hobbs’ Persian Snow must take all the beating in the Call Star Spreads On 0808 2349709 Veterans’ Handicap Chase.

He ended the last campaign with two wins in hunter chases but they were strong races for the grade and he looks to have a bit more life left in him than some, having never been over-raced.

A 1kg rise for Cracking Find might not be enough to stop him following up in the N&L Franklin Developments Chase at Southwell.

He won two from seven over hurdles but always looked one to thrive for bigger obstacles and he made all at Catterick last time out.

The second that day, An Laoch, is a decent yardstick, but he held him off gamely.

Ed Walker is ending 2017 in fine form, which makes his Catoca of interest at Wolverhampton.

The Lemon Drop Kid filly runs in the second division of the 32Red Casino Novices’ Stakes after making a very pleasing debut at Kempton, where she finished fourth of 12 at 25-1.

Having cost $120,000 you would want her to be showing something, but, after displaying signs of greenness in the early stages, the penny began to drop in the closing stages,.

It was a run which suggested she will be much sharper next time out and Walker has been banging in the winners of late

In the first division there is a very interesting newcomer in the shape of Sir Michael Stoute’s Sun Maiden.

A daughter of Frankel, she is a half-sister to the brilliant Midday, so if she has inherited a modicum of her sibling’s ability then an all-weather maiden should be a formality.

While many may think this is a strange place and strange time of year to start her off if she was any good, do not forget that Enable began life in a Newcastle maiden in November. – Press Association

Selections

LINGFIELD: 1.00 Mystical Clouds, 1.30 Royal Claret, 2.00 For Carmel, 2.30 Sea Wall, 3.00 Persian Snow, 3.30 Hadfield,
SOUTHWELL: 12.20 Irish Octave, 12.50 Cracking Find, 1.20 Station Master, 1.50 Tara View, 2.20 Ashkoul, 2.50 Yasir, 3.20 Doctor Dex.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 12.40 Jack Of Diamonds, 1.10 Upavon, 1.40 Sun Maiden, 2.10 CATOCA (NAP), 2.40 Captain Navarre, 3.10 Unforgiving Minute, 3.40 Peak Hill, 4.10 Joys Delight.
DOUBLE: Catoca and Sea Wall.

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