Paul Nicholls has a pair of runners in action on Friday afternoon and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his views on Touch Kick at Newbury and Nineohtwooneoh at Doncaster...
"He was keen over hurdles but is a bit more relaxed now and fences could be the making of him."
- Paul Nicholls on Touch Kick
Fences could be the making of him
Newbury 14:25 - Touch Kick
I was really pleased to see him make a winning comeback at Hereford earlier this month. He buckled down impressively with a strong late run which took him to the front after the last fence in a competitive handicap chase and has been raised 3lbs for that good effort.
I felt Touch Kick was starting to go the right way over fences last winter until an injury he sustained at Kempton at Christmas put him out of action for the rest of the season. He had won his previous race at Sandown before finishing a creditable third to Hell's Kitchen at Kempton.
He was keen over hurdles but is a bit more relaxed now and fences could be the making of him.
I have a feeling Touch Kick will be suited by going left handed which he does here for the first time over fences. Solid chance in an open race.
Big improvement expected but ground will suit
Doncaster 15:25 - Nineohtwooneoh
Is a nice young prospect by Fame And Glory bought by JP McManus at the dispersal sale of Graham Roach's horses.
The plan was to start him off at Hereford on Wednesday but by the end of the day the ground had turned very soft and we didn't want his first experience of racing to be in such testing conditions. So I pulled him out there and kept him for this bumper at Doncaster where the going will be much more suitable.
I am still learning about Nineohtwooneoh and suspect he will improve enormously for the run.
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