Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ngong Hills Should Get Me Nap Happy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ngong Hills Should Get Me Nap Happy

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IN my hour of need, another losing run is threatening the latest naps adventure and I hope there isn't another mountain to climb by the time it reaches the climax in 13 days' time.

Like everything else in life, it has a lot to do with confidence and judgment is often clouded when things are going wrong. For example, this week I talked myself out of a couple of winning naps as more dark clouds hung over the household.

But I am hoping Chris Grant's Ngong Hills will lift all the doom and gloom in the Robert Elliott Memorial Novices' Handicap Chase at Carlisle. At least his stable has been among the winners recently after a lengthy period in the doldrums.

The only time Ngong Hills has failed to make the frame in nine starts this season was through no fault of his own at Kelso in October.

He was brought down by the fall of Stravaigin four out as he was making ground on the leaders and, in all probablity, he would have been placed at least..

Favourite that day, the eight-year-old gained compensation 10 days later at Wetherby although he may have been a bit fortunate as those in front of him turning for home were carried wide as the fourthlast fence had been damaged and dolled off.

He followed up on his return to the West Yorkshire venue with a battling success over Tempsford and, though he hasn't added to his tally since, he has done nothing wrong with solid performances in defeat.

Ngong Hills was having his first outing since Doncaster in December when reappearing at Haydock three weeks ago, and stayed on all too late after getting his second wind. With that run under his belt, he should take some beating today.

Despite his consistency, he is only 6lb higher than his last victory and his progressive profile suggests that he is not in the grip of the handicapper yet.

Jorveybrook took advantage of a low mark to score at Newcastle in only his second chase. …

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