Stuart Williams’ four-year-old has already won twice at the Sunbury circuit and must have a sound chance in this seven-furlong affair.
Much optimism can be derived from her recent visit to Wolverhampton on 1 December, when she finished fourth behind Boogangoo. The daughter of Vita Rosa was only beaten a length and a half, with the form having since been given a lift by the subsequent victory of runner-up Bint Dandy.
Welsh Sunrise remains just 3lb higher than when she won well over Kempton’s six furlongs in February, while the reappointment of Graham Gibbons should be considered a good thing.
Temple Road was a shade unfortunate at Lingfield a few weeks ago but he is worthy of support in the Win £10,000,000 On The Betdaq Colossus Handicap. Milton Bradley’s six-year-old made a tardy start in a six-furlong handicap at the Surrey venue and found himself in an uncompromising position. That said, connections must have been content Temple Road managed to take fourth place after he expended a lot of energy early on.
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Compton Prince, a course and distance winner in December 2012, is seemingly coming back to hand following a clutch of good efforts this autumn.
He is also now back on the same mark off which he won at Lingfield earlier in the year. It could be a good day for Bradley, with Compton Prince a name to consider for the Unibet Handicap at Lingfield. The five-year-old chestnut also looks well treated on his Lingfield-winning form in February and wound up for this race with a fair third over six furlongs at Kempton.
Before that, Compton Prince was a slightly unlucky loser over this six-furlong trip after he endured frightful scrimmaging on more than one occasion.
Oyster Shell is respected in the Tanners Champagne Handicap Chase at Ludlow.
The Henry Daly-trained seven-year-old refused to take part on his penultimate outing, but gained satisfactory redemption over this course and distance a few weeks ago.
Oyster Shell was no match for Vivaccio in a two-mile handicap chase, but he jumped well enough to finish a clear second.
Despite that recalcitrant blip two starts ago, his Ludlow form is fairly good and further heightens the sense of optimism for a bold run in this assignment, for which he has been left alone by the assessor.
Daly will, however, be hoping the rain keeps away as Oyster Shell is only ever really at his best on a decent surface.
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