Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Highness to Reign

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Highness to Reign

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Byline: By Tom Peacock

Siberian Highness can make it two wins from two starts in Britain with success at Leicester tomorrow.

The Alan King-trained filly looks a typically astute French purchase by the Million In Mind Partnership and she impressed many on her British bow at Warwick last month.

Having scored several times on the level in France, the four-year-old took to the timber very well, cruising to a five-length success over the useful Bauhaus.

There will be further improvement in Siberian Highness and she looks a class act in the "Himself Is Sixty" Mares' Only Novices' Hurdle.

Jonjo O'Neill has his string in fine form and can take the Holly Handicap Chase with Millenaire, who won with a fair bit in hand at Folkestone last month.

A reasonable bumper and hurdle performer, the Mister Mat gelding made an inauspicious start to chasing when being pulled up, but was too good for consistent mare Avitta at the Kent venue.

Not unduly punished for the success, he ought to follow up here.

Len Lungo thinks an awful lot of Villon, who is due to make his eagerly-awaited debut over fences in the Net Publishing Beginners' Chase at Hexham.

The scopey gelding was unbeaten in his first four career starts and has seen off some pretty decent horses along the way, including Bewleys Berry and Blairgowrie.

The only time he has tasted defeat was when well down the field in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and he could turn out to be very useful over the bigger obstacles. …

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