UK PREVIEW: Channon to strike at Wolves

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<p>AMBRIX has been the subject of some good gallops reports of late and he can similarly shine on his handicap bow at Wolverhampton. The three-year-old lines up in the Get Egg-Cited For Easter @ Pontin’s Handicap and this does not look too tough an introduction for Mick Channon’s runner.</p>
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<p>Ambrix has performed reasonably on his three maiden outings to date, finishing sixth and fourth twice in admittedly moderate company. He made late progress through the field last time and although unlikely to score in that kind of grade, the handicapper does not appear to have been too harsh on him.<br />
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Mission Control is one on the upgrade and he can strike in the Get Cracking And Book Now @ Pontin’s Handicap. Related to some smart types, he landed a gamble in a seller at this track last December and showed he had come on again when winning back at the venue earlier this month.<br />
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Jim Boyle’s charge races off a 2.5kg higher mark this time but could have any amount of improvement still to come.<br />
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Piermarini can make the most of the step up to a mile and a half in the Sponsor A Race By Calling 01902 390009 Maiden Stakes.<br />
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The three-year-old failed to cut much ice on the turf for Mark Johnston and he was possibly a little disappointing when last of four on his all-weather debut. However, that was over an inadequate-looking 10 furlongs and he is certainly bred to get this extra distance.&nbsp;<br />
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Philip Hobbs drew a blank at the Cheltenham Festival but he holds strong claims with I Predict A Riot in the St Patrick’s Day Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton. The four-year-old was no great shakes on the level, but he made a really encouraging start to his hurdling career when he chased home345 the smart Group Captain.<br />
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Last time out he was in the process of running a decent race behind Triumph Hurdle runner-up Franchoek when he fell at the second last. He may not have won, but he would not have been beaten too far and that is the best piece of form on offer by a long way.<br />
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There is a danger as a punter of staying loyal to a horse for too long and always looking for excuses and that could be the case with Mighty Moose but he is given one more chance in the Shamrock Handicap Chase. He showed up well for a long way in a decent race at Newbury over three miles before stamina found him out.<br />
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But it has to be said that he was disappointing at Newcastle last time when conditions should have suited. We can put that down to an off-day and at his best he should take all the beating. &ndash; Press Association.</p>

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