Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GET IN THE MIX WITH ALSA; King's Mare Can Beat the Boys in Challow Hurdle Sandy Is Well above Par in Newbury Test

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GET IN THE MIX WITH ALSA; King's Mare Can Beat the Boys in Challow Hurdle Sandy Is Well above Par in Newbury Test

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Byline: Garry Owen

ALSA MIX (3.00) can cause a stir in a cracking renewal of the Grade 1 Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.

Alan King's mare is yet to taste defeat under rules, easily landing her bumper at Worcester in September before making a winning racing@dailyrecord.co.uk timber bow over 2m 2f at Exeter last month.

Those impressive efforts led the Barbury handler to pitch her into Grade 2 company at TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE Sandown and she took the promotion in her stride, powering to victory from the talented Darlac.

This step up to the highest level is ideal for the six-year-old who is dangerously unexposed and can take full advantage of the mares' 7lb allowance.

Venetia Williams is hitting form so SUBCONTINENT (1.50) rates a value bet in the trappy Betway Handicap Hurdle.

The six-year-old is closer to the finished article this year and recorded a career best when chasing home Coeur Blimey in a decent event at Hereford.

The consistent gelding should be even better on the likely decent ground and can go one better off an unchanged mark. Colin Tizzard can bag another big staying prize thanks to SANDY BEACH (2.25) in the Mandarin Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old hasn't always been the most reliable but wind surgery seemed to have worked its magic when he slammed Lough Derg Farmer on his return at Uttoxeter.

That victory has earned him an 8lb hike but he has won off similar marks in the past and is open to progress over 3m 2f.

WENYERREADYFREDDIE (3.35) rates a confident selection in the novices' handicap chase.

Nicky Henderson's charge has thrived over the larger obstacles and beat the classy Kildisart despite constantly jumping right in a red-hot event at Ascot.

The runner-up franked that form back at the Berkshire gaff last Saturday and this progressive gelding can improve again back on a left-handed track. …

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