Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

This Tip Will Benefit You; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

This Tip Will Benefit You; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

STATE BENEFIT was probably punching above his weight when tried in Grade Two company last time, but a drop in class should see him return to winning form at Market Rasen.

The Grab A Grand On 11th March Novices' Chase (3.15) looks an ideal opportunity for Nicky Henderson's charge to resume winning ways after trailing home 13 lengths behind Our Mick at Haydock.

A faller on his chasing bow, he made amends when winning at Exeter on New Year's Day and was then not unfancied on Merseyside.

However, a mistake at the secondlast seemed to cost him any chance of victory and he tired very quickly on the easy conditions.

State Benefit still has a couple of entries at Cheltenham and should be winning here if he is to justify those lofty ambitions.

Elsafeer is worth noting as he returns from a lengthy lay-off in the Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle (2.40).

Twice a winner last October, Tim Vaughan was prompted to try better company after he triumphed in a Listed event at Kempton. …

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