Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

IT'S TIME FOR A RHEUD AWAKENING; Pretender Is the Real Deal in Lanzarote

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

IT'S TIME FOR A RHEUD AWAKENING; Pretender Is the Real Deal in Lanzarote

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Byline: GARRY OWEN

02 Kempton 04 Wetherby 05 Lingfield Newcastle 06 Warwick 08 Fairyhse Punches 09 Kelso Southwell 10 Mr Fixit 12 Results IT'S TIME FOR A RHEUD AWAKENING Ibis is a Classic Ditcheat improver in Warwick feature IBIS DU RHEU (3.00) can maintain Ditcheat Maestro Paul Nicholls' revival in the Classic Chase at Warwick.

The Somerset raider was a quality hurdler who went on to finish second behind none other than Thistlecrack in a Newbury Grade 2 on his fencing debut in November 2016.

The gelding seemed to lose his a little but he hit back TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE in no uncertain terms when dismissing the classy Theatre Territory at Cheltenham in November.

The eight-year-old then ran a blinder for a long way against The Worlds End back at the Prestbury venue last month and can bag this big handicap prize with further progress on the cards over 3m 5f.

OK CORRAL (1.50) can gun down his rivals in a trappy renewal of the Listed Hampton Novices' Chase.

Nicky Henderson's gelding was a good second in last term's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and slammed Impulsive Star on his fencing bow at Plumpton.

The nine-year-old jumped well in the main that day and this scopey type will take some stopping round these tight turns up in class.

Owner JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "He showed his stamina last year in the Albert Bartlett and it was pleasing enough at Plumpton on his chasing debut.

"Hopefully he'll have learned a bit that day and he goes there in good form. Hopefully it all goes well."

TIDAL FLOW (2.25) is yet another exciting prospect for Colin Tizzard in the Leamington Novices' Hurdle.

The five-year-old has thrived in his new career, bolting up on debut at Kempton before routing Downtown Getaway at Newbury last month.

The gelding looked a lot more professional that day and this progressive gelding can take the promotion to Grade 2 company in his stride. …

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