Through The Card: Uttoxeter, Friday December 16

There is racing from Uttoxeter on Friday afternoon
There is racing from Uttoxeter on Friday afternoon

Timeform take you through the card at Uttoxeter on Friday.

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12:05 - Cobolobo's run behind Westendorf looks solid form, however he will be eligible for handicaps after this run and a more obvious contender is hurdling debutant Thisonetime. Dan Skelton's point winner also scored on his bumper debut last January and a big run is expected. However, he was very green that day and it might be worth taking a chance on LONGTOWN (4) who shaped well at Warwick last April and is a half-brother to the fair hurdler Hitman Hearns.

12:40 - Any market support for Triptico would look significant, however WOLF SWORD (2) has his best opportunity to date of breaking his duck over fences. He has been dropped 2 lb for his recent third over C&D and Sue Smith's consistent gelding can see off the well-handicapped front-runner Court Dismissed and soft-ground specialist Bredon Hill Lad.

13:10 - Annie Alainn is the obvious one - shouldering a 7 lb penalty for a romp at Newcastle eight days ago - however she hasn't always excelled over this longer trip when faced with very testing conditions. As a result, she could be one to take on, with preference for GOLD BONNIE RAINE (7) who shaped as if ready for this step back up in trip last time; she was staying on well when falling at the last. It's worth having a second string in the form of PINK GIN (3) who has won on heavy ground before and he looks very well handicapped on this return to action.

13:45 - State the Obvious is a potential improver now moving into handicaps, however a safer proposition in a very trappy race could be GLIMPSE OF GOLD (9) who shaped better when third at Hereford last month and that form has been franked by the first two both winning since. Heavenly Promise and Dalkadam, who both sport new headgear, are respected, while Amber Spyglass wasn't beaten far at Stratford in the summer but has something to prove on this sort of ground.

14:20 - Testing ground is no problem for BROWNVILLE (1) who looks fairly handicapped on a mark of 115. Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge was an expensive failure at Warwick last time but he was a C&D winner last April and importantly he has cheek-pieces back on today (off for first two starts this season, both winless). The consistent Albert d'Olivate is respected, as is course winner Special Wells though his best form has come over shorter.

14:55 - Holbrook Park is respected but his record on testing ground is a bit worrying, so the vote goes to SAINT JOHN HENRY (1) who loves a slog in the mud and he has won fresh before, winning at Plumpton on heavy ground back in November 2014. It's a tricky final race for placepot purposes, however, so a second selection is advised. Another Frontier is consistent and should again run well, despite a 4 lb rise, however ALF 'N' DOR (5) is proven in testing conditions and he shaped well at Ffos Las last time; a mark of 115 looks fair enough.

15:30 - Dead Right is an interesting - if unspectacularly-bred - runner for J.P. McManus and Neil Mulholland, however preference is for DE DOLLAR MAN who made the perfect start to his career between the flags in October, and having subsequently changed hands for £75,000, has to be of serious interest. Rock My Style (runner-up in a point) could be his biggest danger.

Recommendations:

Win back BROWNVILLE in the 14:20 at Uttoxeter

Placepot permutation:

12:05 - 4
12:40 - 2
13:10 - 3, 7
13:45 - 9
14:20 - 1
14:55 - 1, 5

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