Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Make Fritz a Friend; RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Make Fritz a Friend; RACING PREVIEW

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PETER Hiatt boasts an enviable record on the all-weather circuit and can hit the jackpot with My Friend Fritz at Southwell.

The eight-year-old, who will be making just his sixth appearance on a racecourse, has shown enough to suggest he can take the Dine In The Queen Mother Restaurant Claiming Stakes (2.10).

Hiatt's son of Safawan won many new friends over course and distance earlier this month when he finished an encouraging second to Basalt, who has since won at Wolverhampton.

That was his first outing for over a year, so there is surely more to come back in claiming company.

The Salwick Flyer is a decent animal when the mood suits and can double up at Wolverhampton.

Linda Perratt's five-year-old is in a rich vein of form and showed bags of guts to win a small race at Dunstall Park in January.

This extended one-mile trip has clearly brought the best out of him and he is unlikely to be hamstrung by a career-high mark in the Points Mean Prizes Loyalty Card Handicap (8.20).

Nine De Sivola can vindicate his tall reputation by winning the opener at Kelso.

It is remarkable that the seven-year-old gelding is still seeking a first chase victory at the 13th attempt, as last season's form puts him at the top table.

To finish runner-up in the Eider Chase, the Scottish Grand National and the Irish Grand National was an outstanding effort.

And as he is still learning his trade over the bigger obstacles, it is not inconceivable there could be further progress this campaign.

Branded by trainer Ferdy Murphy as the "best maiden chaser in training", Nine De Sivola is taken to strike gold in the Kelso Members Beginners' Chase (1.30) before heading to Cheltenham.

Brooklyn Breeze is not getting any younger but could go well at a working man's price in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Chase for amateur riders (3.05).

Len Lungo thinks the world of his doughty 11-year-old, who was once considered good enough to contest big handicaps like the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

He invariably kept the Carrutherstown flag flying high in Graded contests and was placed in the Mildmay Of Flete at the Festival and the Robin Cook Memorial Gold Cup of 2005. …

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