Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Time to Shuffle the Pack; the Outlooks' Bright for Double at Kempton Go Wylde for Henderson's Classy Novice

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Time to Shuffle the Pack; the Outlooks' Bright for Double at Kempton Go Wylde for Henderson's Classy Novice

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Byline: Garry Owen

SHREWDIE Tom George can make it a dark day for the bookies with Double Shuffle in the Betbright Chase at Kempton.

The gelding made steady progress as a novice chaser last term, scoring at Ludlow then running a blinder to finish third in the Centenary at Cheltenham despite running too free.

double Shuffle (3.35) still failed to settle on his first few outings this season prompting the Slad handler to try him in a hood over three miles at Kempton.

Those changes appear to have worked the oracle with the gelding, who looked thoroughly professional as he routed the useful Go Conquer over course and distance in December.

He should be capable of more progress over middle distances and this has clearly been the plan ever since with the likely TURN TO PAGE TWO 02 Lingfield 04 Newcastle today 05 Chepstow Wolves 06 Kempton 08 Fairyhouse Naas Inside 09 Fontwell Southwell 10 Fixit 12 Results FROM PAGE ONE decent ground also very much in his favour.

George said: "He was placed at the Cheltenham Festival over 2m5f last season but even then he was running a bit too free and doing too much the whole way.

"We then tried to drop him in the BetVictor Gold Cup and that was an unmitigated disaster, he hated it. He wants to get on with things a bit and the key is to get him to settle.

"We put a hood on him at Kempton last time out and it worked a treat as he gets to be ridden prominently, which he likes, but it just keeps a lid on him.

"That was over course and distance and he stayed it well and he appreciates a bit of decent ground."

Nicky Henderson has raved about CHARLI PARCS (1.50) in recent interviews and he can justify his lofty reputation in the Adonis Hurdle.

The French import oozed class when hosing up over course and distance on his British debut at this venue in December and can book his Festival place with the minimum of fuss.

The Seven Barrows handler can also claim the Dovecote with RIVER WYLDE (3.00).

Fairly useful in bumpers, the sixyear-old has excelled over timber with easy back-to-back victories at Ludlow and looks tailor-made for Graded company. …

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