Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rock Set to Roll; Hobbs' Charge Can Hot the Right Note Again

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rock Set to Roll; Hobbs' Charge Can Hot the Right Note Again

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

SHINROCK HILL could have flown under the assessor's radar and has a stellar chance in the Porsche Cardiff Handicap Hurdle (2.40) at Ffos Las.

Frustrating in three starts for David Pipe last season, he is now in the hands of Philip Hobbs and made a good start in a tight heat at Exeter.

It was not long before Shinrock Hill had bolted on a victory, landing a minor heat at Lingfield a fortnight ago and he looks like an unexposed contender among a fairly tried-andtested bunch.

Colin Tizzard is no longer underrated in bumpers following the adventures of Cheltenham Festival winner Cue Card, and Queens Bay should not be ignored in the EBF/DBS Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (4.20).

She looked in need of experience when running in snatches on her debut in the summer and should be far more savvy now.

Pinball has looked ready to hit the jackpot for a while and her time can come in the Dine In The Queen Mother Restaurant Handicap (3.05) at Southwell.

Lisa Williamson's mare is a difficult one to catch right as she has been known to play up in the stalls and is often slowly away.

But she was slightly hampered when running a decent race on her most recent start and deserves one more chance.

Rhal made a promising handicap debut over six furlongs of the Fibresand a few days ago and the step up to seven should suit in the Play Rainbow Riches At bluesq.com Handicap (4.05).

Bryan Smart's filly has a workable mark following three ordinary efforts on grass over the summer and she was finishing with purpose to collect the second-place money on her return.

Rhal is bred to get a little further and is worth supporting in a particularly ordinary heat.

The action for the racing purists comes from across the Irish Sea at Fairyhouse and it is pretty impossible to oppose the Willie Mullins-trained Golden Silver in the feature Tote Pick Six Normans Grove Chase (2. …

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