Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Mr Aviator Is All Set to Fly

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Mr Aviator Is All Set to Fly

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RICHARD HANNON has his string in rare form and can win the feature race at Kempton with Mr Aviator.

The son of Lear Fan makes his first start since October 2007 but has enough form in the book to warrant support in this 10-furlong heat.

An easy winner over a mile at the course in his juvenile days, Mr Aviator is just 2lb higher than when running Cambridgeshire winner Pipedreamer to a length and a half at Goodwood last summer.

Hannon is a master at getting his charges fit after a long break - see Paco Boy's victory at Lingfield on Saturday for details - so the Kempton For Outdoor Events Handicap looks a gilt-edged opportunity for this progressive colt.

Always Certain made an encouraging all-weather debut last month and should be too smart for his rivals at Lingfield.

Mark Johnston's three-year-old finished a staying-on second to a decent rival over course and distance and will be all the wiser for the experience.

The Giant's Causeway colt showed a neat turn of foot on that occasion and should take the beating in the Join The Easter Parade@Pontin's Maiden Stakes.

Doubly Guest may not quite be as good as the initial vibes from Seven Barrows suggested, but she should still win at Warwick.

The four-year-old filly made a barnstorming start to her hurdling career at Ludlow in January when she defeated Paul Nicholls' Pierrot Lunaire by half a length.

As that rival subsequently hacked up at Taunton, before finishing a close-up second in a Kempton Grade Two, the form obviously looks watertight.

Nicky Henderson toyed with the idea of running her in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, but things did not go to plan after Doubly Guest could only finish fourth when sent off the even-money favourite at Ascot.

The winner that day was Festival scorer Whiteoak, though, so it was clearly not too shabby an effort.

Nor was her fourth behind Binocular in the Grade Two Adonis at Kempton, in which she was probably a victim of initiating a breakneck pace.

Back competing against her own sex in the Jenkinsons Caterers Mares Only Novices' Hurdle, a confidence-boosting success surely awaits. …

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