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POINT-TO-POINT: Duckett has Rhythm for Ladies’ Open at Milborne
6:00pm Friday 31st January 2014 in Sport
THE Sally Duckett-trained That’s Rhythm, unbeaten in five completed outings last season, and Gwanako, who provided 16-year-old Megan Nicholls with a first win between the flags at Larkhill, are the two suggestions for tomorrow’s South Dorset Ladies’ Open.
Extra Bold and Terra Bleu – first and second at Peper Harow in May – and Whitfield winner Major Decision are three other contenders.
The fascinating runners are the Goulds’ former high class Rules performer Silverburn, a full-brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman and winner of a Grade One Sandown Novice Chase, and the Ruckers’ State Benefit, a £42,000 May Doncaster purchase after winning a hurdle race and two steeplechases for the Nicky Henderson stable.
That’s Rhythm is fancied to forge clear of his rivals up the final climb.
Larkhill Racing Club winner Poquelin and last year’s winner Certain Flight are among the 14 entries for the Bonham’s Men’s Open, along with course speci- alist Crank Hill.
Johnny’s Way, prolific South East winner Adept Approach, long distance specialist Fortification and the Peter Mason-trained Shy John are four more for the shortlist, along with Frances Bishop’s Theatre Evening, the winner of a 2m-6f Newton Abbot hurdle for trainer Fergal O’Brien in May.
Consistent former Coronation Gold Cup winner Coombe Hill will be suited by testing conditions and can chase up Poquelin and Certain Flight.
Crank Hill is an automatic selection to complete a three-timer in the Hunt race if connections take up the option.
The 2010 winner Gunner Be Quick – another who would relish a test of stamina – may be the strongest challenger.
In the 2m-4f Maiden, Auckland De Re, who could represent the Louise Kemble/Chloe Roddick combination, Robert Waley-Cohen’s pair Sing To Me and Storm Lantern, and Larkhill runner-up The Gunner Brady may be four to choose from.
Wadebridge runner-up Sutton Storm and Chipley Park second Mangans Turn are the two suggestions for the three-mile Maiden.
The Greenways’ Justabout is fancied to confirm Tiverton placings and deny Barneys Mate a fourth consecutive win in the Novice Riders’ race, which has attracted 17 entries.
Stafford Cross winner Flanshan, 10-race winner Doof, River Indus, who triumphed over four miles at Treborough Hill last season and Dunraven Prince, the winner of three of his four UK points, also catch the eye but Wadebridge winner Working Title may give Justabout and Barneys Mate the most to do.
Ask The Weatherman won well at Larkhill last Saturday and can follow up in the Restricted.
Fine Resolve stayed on strongly to win at Chaddesley Corbett in Dec-ember and may be the danger.
* The course at Milborne St Andrew is just off the A354 midway between Blandford and Dorchester. First race is at noon. Admission is to either of two car parks at £20 or £25 per car with a reduction for single occupants; £5 for pedestrians.
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