Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pooleoni's Rivals Are Put on a Red Alert at Warwick

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pooleoni's Rivals Are Put on a Red Alert at Warwick

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RACEGOERS never got to see Don Pooleoni in full flight at Warwick last time, but it could be an entirely different story in the 32Red Handicap Hurdle at Southwell.

Harry Fry's inmate again came unstuck in the jumping department when he unseated his jockey at the fourth flight.

Before that, though, he had made a quietly encouraging return to the hurdling ranks to suggest his winless hex can soon come to an end. Don Pooleoni races here off a mark of 108, which is a little lower than his chase rating and looks pretty fair if his two outings in November are taken into account.

Long Lunch should get back on the winning track in the Novices' Hurdle after falling when upped to Grade Two company last time.

A winner over hurdles at Plumpton in October, Charlie Longsdon decided it was worth a crack at a higher level at Ascot in December, pitching his charge into a race won by the well-regarded Irving.

He still appeared to be in with a chance that day when he clipped the third-last obstacle and crashed out.

While Long Lunch may not have won, he was still travelling well before his departure and a similar effort should see him get his head in front here.

Maybe I Wont is perfectly capable of rattling off a double in the Handicap Hurdle at Catterick.

Jimmy Moffatt's reliable nineyear-old won nicely at Sedgefield on Boxing Day in a race that is working out pretty well. A 5lb rise hardly represents Armageddon for a horse who very much enjoyed the return to two and a half miles over Christmas.

Little wonder he remains over a similar distance for this assignment.

Cara Court could hold the key to the Racing Again 31st January Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old is nearly always underestimated on a racecourse, which might have something with his small-time connections.

Admittedly it went west at Sedge-field a fortnight ago when he fell six at the sixth fence of a fair handicap chase. …

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