Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING SOUTH FOR ANOTHER NIC VIC; Ditcheat King Can Be Our Easter Saturday Saviour Right There Canuspotit

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING SOUTH FOR ANOTHER NIC VIC; Ditcheat King Can Be Our Easter Saturday Saviour Right There Canuspotit

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Byline: Garry Owen

ANOTHER Saturday, another Paul Nichollstrained fancied horse and I make no apology for following Nic till my nose bleeds, well, to the end of the current NH season.

The west country maestro has come to the aid of his legions on more occasions than the bookies want to remember this season. His knack of targetting the feature Saturday races has left the TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE auld enemy reeling and I'm happy to stick by SOUTHFIELD VIC (2.35) at Haydock despite the fact the son of Old Vic humps the burden of 11-12 in this highly competitive handicap.

Nicholls has delayed sending Vic over fences and the strong stayer can repay that decision with a massive run in today's valuable hurdle.

The punters who steamed in last time at Wincanton had a slight tremor in their nether regions when Sean Bowen lost his irons when getting squeezed up.

But it all ended well when he recovered to storm clear after the last. Young Bowen takes a useful 5lb off and if the ground remains half-decent, I expect them to be bang there in the firing line.

Alan King's Barbury Castle yard continues to produce a steady stream of winners and ZIGA BOY (2.00) should go well for Wayne Hutchinson in the 3m 4f handicap chase.

The grey didn't enjoy the best of runs when fourth at Sandown last time, travelling well but meeting with trouble before staying on strongly.

The step up in trip and the flat track should play to his strengths and he won't be far away.

Nicholls will have high hopes for his other top weight Virak in a hot handicap chase, but my eye is take with Venetia's ASTIGOS (3.10) creeping in on 10-4 with no Big Mac and fries for Aidan Coleman last night.

The race wasn't run to suit this ex-French import at Sedgefield last time when gubbed at odds-on and he's better judged on his form when third at Newbury and second at Cheltenham. Beaten a neck by Generous Ransom at Prestbury, the third, Irish Cavalier went on to score at the Festival. …

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