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Samba Dancer

Having achieved fair form when trained in Ireland, Samba Dancer took a big step forward on stable debut for Fergal O’Brien, finishing second to an apparently well handicapped sort at Worcester. He wasn’t particularly fluent at two of the final three hurdles that day and while he would have done well to catch the winner, might have pulled even further clear of the rest than he did. The handicapper has left him on a mark of 107, which looks workable on last month’s efforts, and with no doubts about his stamina, something that others have, he looks likely to be in the mix.

Dal Horrisgle

This looks a red hot race, with six of the nine finishing in the first two on their last hurdles start. Preference though, is for Alan King’s gelding who looks to have a bright future over obstacles. This opening mark on her handicap bow looks steep enough at first glance but considering she beat horses rated 113 and 107 by more than 30 lengths on debut and then gave a 112-rated gelding 17lbs and an 8l beating, and a figure of 129 looks fair enough. A very strong traveller, he looks to have plenty more to give and arrives here as a previous course and distance winner.

Friends Don’t Ask

This could come down to who gets the early lead, with both Sizing Cusimano and Friends Don’t Ask showing their best form from the front. The latter looks likely to offer up better value in the win pool, and arrives here weighted to reverse the form with Montanna who finished one place in front of him in third over track and trip last time out. Martin Smith’s charge has been dropped a pound for that run and will surely benefit from being ridden closer to the pace than he was that day. He’s only 5lb higher than when bolting up at Newton Abbot in July and might take some pegging back if allowed an easy time of it out in front.


It may be that Blazer is simply gone at the game, but on his past exploits, dropping down in the weights and in class, he’s worth chancing at what is likely to be a lofty price. He was beaten a long way out over an inadequate trip on stable debut at Stratford last time, so this step back up in distance will surely suit. In 2020 he was placed in two competitive handicaps off marks of 140 and 137, and got to within 5l of Livelovelaugh off level weights before that one landed the Topham off a rating of 145. Rated just 122 now, Ben Haslam’s recent recruit cannot be dismissed out of hand.

About Uttoxeter Racecourse

Thrust into the limelight the day after the Cheltenham Festival has ended, Uttoxeter has developed into a mainstay of the National Hunt season over the years. First opening in 1907 with just five meetings a year, the Midlands venue now hosts 25 cards throughout the year, with the Midlands National, a pick-me-up after the conclusion of Cheltenham a highlight.

As well as showcasing future National Winners, the course was the venue for AP McCoy’s victory that saw him become the winning-most National Hunt jockey of all time.

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