Timeform Shortlist: Ffos Las Monday December 18

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There is jumps racing from Ffos Las on Monday

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12.30 Gwynne Price Transport Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (5) 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
112 4. STEEL NATIVE David Rees Jonjo O'Neill (3)
111 9. DOUBLE COURT Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary (3)
109 8. PRINCESS ROANIA Peter Bowen James Bowen

Analyst's Verdict:
None of these are prolific winners and it's an open-looking affair. Steel Native was rather disappointing last time, but he did the job well over fences here on penultimate start and could be the answer with conditions in his favour. Conversely, Double Court would prefer quicker ground, which leaves Hurricane Rita, Flanagans Field and Princess Roania as the main dangers.


1.00 O'Brien & Partners Maiden Hurdle (4) 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
141 8. OXWICH BAY Evan Williams Adam Wedge
137 10. SAVOY COURT Warren Greatrex Richard Johnson
134 1. AARON LAD Dr Richard Newland Sean Bowen

Analyst's Verdict:
Oxwich Bay was rather unfortunate to run into a recent winner without a penalty in a handicap at Cheltenham last time and this looks a good opening back in a maiden. Savoy Court and Aaron Lad are best of the others.


1.30 Celtic Energy Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (4) 2½m199y

Timeform Top Rated:
136 1. MINELLA SCAMP Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan
132 2. LOOKSNOWTLIKEBRIAN Tim Vaughan Richard Johnson
131 4. ALF 'N' DOR Peter Bowen James Bowen (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
Assuming he's ready to roll following an 11-month absence, Minella Scamp can make a winning start for Fergal O'Brien. The 8-y-o was runner-up in a 2m Tramore maiden chase when last seen in January, will benefit from this step back up in trip and the forecast conditions will not be an issue. Looksnowtlikebrian is the main danger ahead of Alf 'N' Dor and Champagne To Go.


2.05 Davies Chemists Novices' Hurdle (4) 1m7f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
127p 4. HOLDBACKTHERIVER Evan Williams Adam Wedge
126p 6. ILOVEMINTS David Pipe David Noonan
113 3. FAIRMOUNT Martin Keighley Andrew Tinkler

Analyst's Verdict:
Holdbacktheriver quickly dispelled his hurdling debut mishap and showed promise when third at Chepstow last month. Entitled to progress, he gets the narrow vote to make it third time lucky in this sphere. The David Pipe pair, I'm Always Trying and Ilovemints may emerge as the chief threats.


2.40 Spiros Fine Dining & Events Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (3) 1m7f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
145 2. SOLSTICE STAR Martin Keighley Richard Johnson
144 1. TORNADO IN MILAN Evan Williams Miss Isabel Williams (7)
144 3. RAYVIN BLACK Oliver Sherwood Thomas Garner (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Rayvin Black confirmed he still has plenty of zest for the game when runner-up at Hereford on Saturday and, in the hope he handles the quick turn around, should play a leading role equipped with a first-time visor. Tornado In Milan and Solstice Star can emerge as the chief threats.


3.15 Spiros Fine Dining & Events Handicap Chase (4) 3m1f60y

Timeform Top Rated:
121 2. WOOD YER Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary (3)
117 4. MISTY MAI David Rees Sean Bowen
115§ 5. MAGICAL MAN Debra Hamer Trevor Whelan

Analyst's Verdict:
There was very little between Misty Mai and Magical Man here last month, but that was only the former's third outing over fences so she's taken to reverse the placings.


3.45 Celtic Energy 'Newcomers' Standard Open National Hunt Flat (6) 1m7f182y

Timeform Top Rated:
No ratings for this race.

Analyst's Verdict:
No form to go on and the betting will be informative. General Custard cost plenty last year and hails from an up-and-coming yard who had a useful bumper winner first time up earlier this month. He's chanced over Bachy Baby and A Book of Intrigue as things stand.


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