Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Hopes High for Scimon Templar

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Hopes High for Scimon Templar

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Byline: Saraband

SCIMON Templar looks a worthy ally in the Cheltenham 2014 NRFB At Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Ayr.

Trained in Northumberland by Pauline Robson, the six-year-old turned in a good display at Newcastle last month when he succumbed by just a nose to Blake Dean in a two-mile handicap hurdle.

Robson's inmate has not been noted for his consistency since being sent handicapping, but a race of this nature should be within his radar.

He will also be fitter than at Gosforth Park as that was his first start since last April. Scimon Templar was hardly flagging towards the line that day, though, so it is interesting to see connections give him another chance to shine over a longer trip. One of the least exposed horses in this line-up, he should have enough about him to win off a mark of 94.

Hotgrove Boy looks the solution to the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap Chase.

Stuart Coltherd's seven-year-old looked revitalised at Catterick on New Year's Eve with a game second behind Proud Times on just his second start over fences.

He finally appears to have found a niche in which to bring to an end an unwanted winless streak. And The Man has hardly been slaughtered by the assessor for a convincing success here in January and can maintain the winning habit in the BetVictor's Live Casino Handicap Chase. Nicky Richards' eight-yearold loves heavy ground and will again have conditions made to measure at the Scottish circuit.

Donald McCain should also be on the mark with Uppertown Cave in the Cheltenham Non-Runner Free Bet At Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The Cheshire handler paid PS60,000 for the point winner at Brightwells last November and he quickly recouped a tiny fraction of that when winning a bumper at this track in January.

Related to Irish National winner Point Barrow, he struck by six lengths that day and should be more than capable of defying a penalty. …

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