Phillips to give record a bump-up

Richard Phillips has an enviable record with horses in bumpers with the likes of The Mick Weston in his team.

Richard Phillips has an enviable record with horses in bumpers with the likes of The Mick Weston in his team.

Roaringwater, another smart type, takes his first tentative steps over hurdles at Taunton today and it will only be the son of Roselier's second racecourse outing.

But he had evidently been going well at home before he made the long journey to Hexham in November. Backed into 7-4 favourite for a bumper, the six-year-old absolutely sluiced in by 16 lengths that day, ahead of two subsequent winners.

Phillips' stable appear to think a bit of the gelding, and given that he has already won an Irish point-to-point, he looks like a decent prospect for the Asbestos Removal Novices' Hurdle. Andrew Balding has never taken a runner to the Somerset track, but he can leave with a victory courtesy of Duchamp.

The eight-year-old spent a season out through injury, but returned at Newbury in a competitive handicap on Hennessy day when he was only beaten by the fast-improving young chaser Great Travel, who looks not far short of top-class.

Running off the same mark as on that day, Duchamp appears leniently treated in the Joe Dinham Memorial Handicap Chase.

Ex-pointer Manly Money looks to have a big chance in the Orchard Restaurant Beginners' Chase for local Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls.

As well as boasting decent hurdles form, the gelding was unlucky to come up against See You Sometime on his fencing debut at Fontwell in November.

The seven-year-old was far from disgraced either, getting to within two and a half lengths of the subsequent Grade Two winner. A reproduction of that form will see him home here against what look to be a bunch of largely disappointing types.

There is an interesting card on the Polytrack at Lingfield, with the big race of the day, the Littlewoods Pools Be Lucky Handicap, within the grasp of Glen Innes.

The daughter of Selkirk could easily have been sent to the paddocks as she has black type courtesy of a second behind Punctilious in last year's Musidora.

She finished a good second on her all-weather debut at Wolverhampton.

Sian Thomas has been knocking on the door in races over the winter for Marcus Tregoning. The Littlewoods Pools 80 Years of Winners Median Auction Maiden Stakes looks one for her.


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