Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: This Contender Is No Por Performer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: This Contender Is No Por Performer

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VOY Por Ustedes is a confident choice to cement his position at the head of the Queen Mother Champion Chase market by landing the paddypower.com Tingle Creek at Sandown.

Alan King's six-year-old has never really received the credit he deserves for posting some exceptional performances in the last two seasons, but is now beginning to capture the imagination of the public.

Five wins in his novice campaign culminated in victory in a red-hot Arkle at Cheltenham, and he returned to the Festival in March to carry off the Queen Mother.

He is proven in testing conditions, having won five times when the ground has ridden soft or worse, and stays and jumps extremely well.

Voy Por Ustedes returned to action with a corking effort at Cheltenham, where he narrowly failed to concede 25lb to the useful Kalca Mome.

Regular big-race partner Robert Thornton hardly got stuck into his mount and that encouraging sighter is sure to have put him spot-on for this weekend's feature.

Gary Moore has crafted a niche as an expert plunderer of the bigger handicap hurdles, so when he runs a progressive course-and-distance winner in such a race, the public should sit up and take notice.

Wingman, a useful sort on the level, has shown gradual improvement over timber for the Sussex trainer and posted his second win in three starts last time.

The assessor has raised him 7lb for that triumph, but that should not prevent the youngster notching again in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle.

Ferdy Murphy has been fairly complimentary about Dancer's Serenade, and will have been delighted with his first run for the yard when he finished a close third at Huntingdon.

Formerly with Tom Tate, the five-year-old made a good start to his National Hunt career as a novice hurdler last term and looks sure to enjoy further success in handicaps this season.

Murphy's horses usually improve for a run and this one's mark of 112 looks exploitable in the New Bramham Hall For Receptions & Banqueting Handicap Hurdle at Wetherby. …

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