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No problems for Chepstow

Chepstow's meeting on Wednesday will go ahead as scheduled after a planned precautionary inspection was brought forward.

Course officials had called the check for 8.30am as the track still had a covering of snow on Monday.

However, temperatures have risen meaning the snow has melted, leaving the ground heavy but raceable.

The racecourse tweeted: "Racing definitely goes ahead tomorrow. Inspection brought forward and passed. All snow cleared. Going heavy. First race 2.20pm. Admission £15 in advance."

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Katie Walsh back on Mersey beat with National contender Baie Des Iles

Katie Walsh is looking forward to having another crack at Randox Health Grand National glory aboard outsider Baie Des Iles.

It is six years since Walsh steered Seabass to finish third in the Aintree spectacular for her father Ted, which remains the highest-placed finish for any female jockey in the history of the race.

Trained by the leading amateur rider's husband Ross O'Sullivan, grey mare Baie Des Iles was last seen finishing third when bidding for back-to-back victories in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown in February.

She is a best-priced 66-1 to claim a historic victory on Merseyside.

Walsh said: "Ross was delighted with her run in Punchestown. She had a lot of weight in very heavy ground and ran a cracker.

"It was a lovely run and I wasn't over-hard on her. She comes here off the back of that.

"It's still a month away, so a lot can happen between here and then, but fingers crossed."

While many trainers will be giving their National hopes a sighter over custom-built Aintree fences between now and April 14, Baie Des Iles, who has been handed a weight of 10st 7lb, is likely to tackle the obstacles for the first time during the race itself.

"She ran in France and they've a lot of different obstacles over there. Touch wood, she seems to be a good, safe jumper, so I don't think there'd be any reason why she should (school over National fences)," Walsh added.

"A lot of her form is on soft to heavy ground but, for me, I don't feel she wants it as soft as her form suggests.

"I think the track will definitely suit and the trip will without doubt suit.

"So much can go right and so much can go wrong, but hopefully with a bit of luck she'll be here in good order."

Jonjo O'Neill feels Minella Rocco has all the attributes to make his mark after he was left at the head of the weights following the second forfeit stage.

Runner-up to Sizing John in last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup, the JP McManus-owned gelding was in line for another crack at the blue riband before being declared a non-runner on account of the testing conditions.

He will carry the welter burden of 11st 10lb after the original top-weight Definitly Red, Irish Gold Cup hero Edwulf and Outlander were all scratched.

Speaking from Aintree at a Grand National northern media lunch, O'Neill said: "The ground got very heavy (at Cheltenham) and, as we all know, he's got a wind problem and that ground wouldn't help him, so we saved him for here.

"So long as we get good ground, we've a good chance.

"He's won over four miles, so he just has to get another half a mile. Top weight isn't ideal, but that's the way it is and he's a big horse, so hopefully he can carry it.

"He jumps well and keeps galloping, so the National was always at the back of my mind."

O'Neill has a potential second string to his bow in Go Conquer (10st 13lb), who is also among 73 horses to have stood their ground.

"Whether he comes for the Topham or the National, I'm not sure," said O'Neill.

Second on the list behind Minella Rocco is ante-post favourite Blaklion, who is now on 11st 9lb after the weights were raised 3lb.

The Irish challenge is headed by the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall (11st 4lb), who was still in contention when falling three fences from the finish in the Gold Cup on Friday.

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Lincoln favourite Lord Glitters not a certain runner

Trainer David O'Meara has warned that ante-post favourite Lord Glitters is not a certain runner in the 32Red Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

Connections went to €270,000 to secure the French import last summer and he went some way to repaying that hefty fee when landing the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day at Ascot in October.

He was last seen suffering a narrow reverse in a Listed event at Newmarket in November and is as short as 6-1 for the traditional Flat season curtain-raiser, but O'Meara is in two minds about letting him line up on Town Moor.

He said: " We're still undecided whether we're going to run him or not. If it's very soft or even heavy we might have a rethink. He's going to have near on top-weight and I'm just not sure yet.

"I've put him in the Listed race (Doncaster Mile) as an alternative. He worked this morning and we're very happy with him.

"He does go on soft ground. It's just giving away a lot of weight on soft ground on his first run of the season might be a slight concern.

"We'd hope that he'd have some nice targets later on and I don't want to completely bottom him for his first run.

" I'll have a chat with the owners tomorrow and base the decision on what everybody thinks. We'll decide on Thursday morning."

O'Meara won the Lincoln for the first time with Bravery 12 months ago, but may not be represented in this year's renewal.

He told At The Races: "Bravery won't get in this year. The only other horse of mine that may get in might be Escobar, who we bought in October

"But again, looking at what he's done in the past, I'm not sure he wants it very soft either."

Michael Bell feels Fire Brigade ticks all of the boxes and is thrilled to have booked Ryan Moore, fresh from his win in the Hong Kong Derby last weekend, for the ride.

A four-year-old by Firebreak, he was narrowly beaten into third by William Haggas' Addeybb in the Silver Cambridgeshire last season and signed off his campaign with a win at Leicester.

Bell told The Sun: "The Lincoln has been his target.

"He has been back in work a month now and his mark of 98 should see him get in nicely at the bottom of the handicap.

"We know he likes cut in the ground and he ticks all the boxes. A mile is his best trip."

Addeybb will renew rivalries with Fire Brigade as Haggas targets a fourth Lincoln success following the victories of High Low (1992), Very Wise (2007) and Penitent (2010).

"He's a lovely horse and I hope this will be his year. He's improved physically and he's still fairly lightly raced," said the trainer.

"He's quite idle at home, so he's a difficult horse to assess. But I think he's pretty fit and his weight is excellent, so I hope he'll run well.

"To say we've laid him out for the race sounds a bit flash, but we've had this idea for a while."

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John Ryan books Gerald Mosse for Flat season launch

John Ryan is hoping his link-up with French jockey Gerald Mosse can get off to a flying start on the opening day of the Flat turf season at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Newmarket trainer has booked Mosse for the rides on Grey Britain in the 32Red Lincoln and Roland Rocks in the Unibet Cammidge Trophy. Both horses will arrive for their targets on Town Moor race-fit after a spell in Dubai.

"Gerald has been riding out for me in Dubai. He's just been to Hong Kong this weekend, he's flying back over on Friday to ride for me and then back out to Dubai," said Ryan.

"We've had a good connection this year since he started coming to England and he's going to ride the majority of this season in England. He's going to be based in Newmarket, so he'll be riding a lot for me. We're going to try to start off in the right way."

Ryan won the Lincoln with Ocean Tempest in 2014 and believes Grey Britain can outrun his odds of around 33-1.

He said: "There wasn't a prep race to suit him over here so we took him to Dubai and he's come back in top order.

"I think at a big price, he's definitely got an each-way chance."

Roland Rocks was highly tried as a juvenile, competing in three Group Two contests, including the Vintage Stakes, won by Expert Eye, at Glorious Goodwood.

"He ran well on easy ground at Goodwood. We always thought he could handle all sorts," said Ryan.

"Going out to Dubai we wanted to find out if he was going to be a seven-furlong/miler, which is what his sire Red Jazz became, or whether he was going to retain a bit more speed.

"He showed speed is his thing."

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Frankie Dettori booked as Magical Memory has Dubai date

Magical Memory will head for the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Saturday week after enjoying a racecourse gallop at Lingfield on Tuesday morning.

The Charlie Hills-trained six-year-old enjoyed another fine campaign in 2017, winning twice as well as finishing second in the Duke of York Stakes and fourth in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

He was last seen placing third behind Blue Point in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot in October and was in line for a potential return in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

However, a late invite from Dubai prompted a rethink.

Sam Hoskins, racing manager for the owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: " We've been toying with the idea of either going to Doncaster this weekend or going to Dubai for the Al Quoz Sprint.

"We hadn't received an invitation for Dubai, but it arrived yesterday and we've accepted, which is why he went to Lingfield for a racecourse gallop instead of running at Doncaster.

"Everything went really well this morning. Everyone is delighted with how he's moving and the feeling is it's the best he's moved in a couple of years.

"He has to finish in the first six in the Al Quoz to pay for the trip, so fingers crossed. F or a syndicate to have a horse going out there running for that sort of money is very exciting.

"Frankie Dettori is going to ride him, which is fantastic, and Magical Memory does have a good record fresh."

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Saint Calvados finished for the season with Tingle Creek an early target

Harry Whittington has earmarked the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown as the first major target for Saint Calvados next season.

The Sparsholt handler has decided to call it a day for this term with the Andrew Brooks-owned five-year-old after he suffered his first defeat since moving to Britain when finishing fourth in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival last week.

"I think he handled the occasion well and he was very good before the race. He was very professional and you couldn't fault any of that," said Whittington.

"In an ideal world he would have got an easy lead but that was not the case. They went very hard and it was hard enough for a horse of his age to do that against a horse like Petit Mouchoir. Aidan (Coleman) did the right thing with him to ease him home.

"The most important thing is that he has come back in one piece. It was not ideal how the race panned out but he didn't have a very hard race and he has come out of it in great condition without a scratch on him. That's him done for the season.

"I think the Tingle Creek will be at the forefront of our minds next season. We will let Andrew and his team get together in the summer to make firm plans. Whether we take in something like a Haldon Gold Cup before, I'm not sure.

"Next year we can space his runs out nicely up to Cheltenham between October and March."

A trip to Aintree could be on the cards for Simply The Betts, with Whittington considering an outing in the Grade One Betway Top Novices' Hurdle on April 13 should conditions be in his favour.

The five-year-old, who is also owned by Brooks, finished down the field in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

"He hated the ground at Cheltenham but he stayed on all the way to finish mid-division. Sean (Bowen) said the ground was too soft," said Whittington

"He is a very tough horse and we will keep him on the go. If the ground dries out, we might consider running him in the two-mile Grade One there.

"If he wins great, but if he gets beat he is still a novice for next season. He could well be one tailor-made for those valuable two-mile handicaps next season."

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Chris Gordon has Plumpton in mind for 'rock-solid' Remiluc

Ground conditions will dictate which route trainer Chris Gordon takes with County Hurdle runner-up Remiluc.

The Winchester handler is weighing up an outing for the nine-year-old in either the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton on Easter Sunday or the Sussex Champion Chase at the same track 24 hours later.

"He has been rock-solid all season. He has been put up another 4lb but he has bounced out of it pretty well," said Gordon.

"We will keep our options open, but there is Sussex Champion Hurdle and the Sussex Champion Chase, which is a 0-145, and he could be quite interesting off 127 in that.

"If it came up soft, which is all it seems to do at the moment, we would probably look at the hurdle, and if it is not so bad, we would probably go for the chase.

"We will monitor him and make sure he is sound, but we have these two races earmarked as they are good prizes and local to me."

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Rhododendron could blossom early at Naas

Rhododendron has been entered in the Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes as the Irish Flat turf season starts at Naas on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old claimed Group One honours in France last season and also finished runner-up in the 1000 Guineas, the Oaks and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Rhododendron's eight potential rivals in the one-mile Group Three include the Ger Lyons-trained Elegant Pose , who won three of her four starts in 2017.

Dermot Weld could saddle Making Light, while David Loughnane's Star Quality and Wilamina from Martyn Meade's yard are potential challengers from Britain.

The feature event on a seven-race card is the Tote Irish Lincolnshire.

Thirty-one entries are headed by the Fozzy Stack-trained Onenightidreamed, who was eighth in the race last year, and he could be joined by stablemate Angel Island.

O'Brien's only contender is War Secretary, who has not been seen in competitive action since finishing last of 10 runners in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury last April.

Other hopefuls include Jim Bolger's filly Panstarr and Michael Mulvany's On The Go Again, who has won his last three races on the level.

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Court Artist team hoping for better at Limerick

Court Artist bids to get her season back on track in the Kerry Group EBF Shannon Spray Mares Novice Hurdle at Limerick on Wednesday.

The Grade Three contest is one of the highlights on a strong card that was swiftly rescheduled after being cancelled on Sunday due to heavy snow.

The Willie Mullins-trained Court Artist bounced back from a disappointing hurdling debut at Down Royal to win successive races at Ballinrobe and Wexford in the autumn.

She ran a fine race to finish a close-up third in a Listed contest at Haydock during the hectic Christmas period, but was last seen finishing down the field in a mares' handicap hurdle at last month's Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

James Fenton, racing manager for owners Blue Blood Racing, said: "We're expecting her to improve and, on her form, she deserves to take her chance in a race like this.

"She ran a very good race at Haydock behind Cap Soleil, who ran second to Laurina in Cheltenham last Thursday.

"It wasn't her true running in Leopardstown the last day, we're just putting a line through that.

"I think the step up in trip will suit her and the ground won't inhibit her at all.

"She's a terribly good mare and while it's a Grade Three race and you don't expect to get anything easy, we're confident she'll run well and it would be great if she can get some more black type."

Court Artist features in an 11-strong field, with her stablemate Redhotfillypeppers the only absentee from the original declarations.

Jessica Harrington's Alletrix won the Leopardstown handicap in which Court Artist failed to fire and renews rivalries on the back of finishing second to Meri Devie in a Listed contest at Punchestown.

Others with chances include Gordon Elliott's hat-trick seeking Lackaneen Leader, Ray Hackett's prolific mare Crackerdancer and the John Kiely-trained Just Janice, who lifted a Grade Three race at Down Royal in November.

Pat Fahy is hopeful that Head Turner can pick up some valuable black type in the Charleville EBF Mares Novice Chase.

The seven-year-old may be the lowest rated of the five runners in the Grade Two contest, but with prize money another incentive as it goes all the way down to those who complete the two-and-three-quarter-mile course, the County Carlow trainer thinks it is definitely a prize worth going for.

"I'd be worried the two-mile-six might be stretching it a bit for her on that ground but we'll just take it as it comes," said Fahy.

"She's won around Limerick on soft and if the race falls our way, we'll take it. She's good and seems fine.

"Getting some black type would be good for the mare. I feel there's a chance she could get some."

The likely hot favourite is Dinaria Des Obeaux. The Elliott-trained five-year-old has already won at this level and was third at Naas on her latest start behind Benie Des Dieux, who was on target at the Cheltenham Festival last week.

Mullins saddles Kate Appleby Shoes, who was fourth to Dinaria Des Obeaux at Thurles and fell there on her only start since.

Robert Tyner's West Bridge and Youcantcallherthat, ridden and trained by Denis Hogan, complete the quintet.

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Allmyown does it his way at Wetherby for Phil Kirby

Phil Kirby was delighted to see Allmyown open his account under Rules with a dominant display at Wetherby.

The seven-year-old was snapped up for the relatively modest fee of £20,000 after winning an Irish point-to-point last spring.

His five subsequent efforts over hurdles were nothing to write home about, but it is perhaps no surprise given his background that he fared better on his first start over fences, when third at Catterick a little over a month ago.

Allmyown was a 5-2 chance for the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase under Adam Nicol and with 7-4 favourite Bandon Roc well beaten a long way from home, Kirby's charge was not hard pressed to score by 11 lengths from Newberry New.

Kirby said: "He's a big, raw horse who will hopefully make up into a nice staying chaser. He jumped class.

"He is entered at Sedgefield on Friday, but I'll see if there's anything else coming up for him.

"There's no panic to run him again, to be honest. He's a horse who probably wants a bit of time."

Allmyown was the second of two winners on the afternoon for the North Yorkshire-based trainer, with Little Bruce having earlier justified 5-4 favouritism with a 15-length demolition job in the selling hurdle in the hands of 3lb claimer Thomas Dowson.

Kirby added: "He's been running terrible but he put it all together again.

"It's great to have a couple of winners. I think that's nine we've had in the last 16 days. Hopefully they keep coming."

Just two runners contested the Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Novices' Chase and it was 5-6 favourite Sainte Ladylime who comfortably saw off even-money shot Progress Drive for trainer Kim Bailey and jockey Sean Bowen.

Charlie Deutsch steered the Venetia Williams-trained Eminent Poet (9-2) to victory in the £18,500 Handicap Hurdle, while Good Boy Bobby sent favourite-backers home happy with a decisive success in the bumper.

A dual winner at Chepstow before finishing third behind the classy Acey Milan in a Listed event at Newbury, Nigel Twiston-Davies' five-year-old was a 1-2 shot to claim a third bumper success and did so comfortably under the trainer's son, Sam.