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Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my seven Saturday runners

Paul Nicholls has runners at Ffos Las, Market Rasen and Stratford on Saturday
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The Betfair Ambassador provides the lowdown on his Saturday afternoon runners at Ffos Las, Market Rasen and Stratford...

16.10 - Capeland

"Capeland's troubles have now been sorted and he seems more mature since he came back into training. I'd like to think that with an uninterrupted season he could be well treated off a mark of 124."

Ffos Las

15.20 - Brelan d'As

I am hoping he can start to make up for lost time after a minor set back kept him on the sidelines for the rest of last season following his impressive win in November off a mark of 130 in a handicap at WIncanton that has worked out really well. He has schooled tidily over fences at home and has a decent chance.

17.35 - Cereal Killer

Joined us this season after making quite an impression in winning both his point-to-points for Jack Barber. He made light of soft ground on both occasions so testing conditions at Ffos Las should not be a problem for him. I'm looking for a positive showing from Cereal Killer here before he goes novice hurdling.

Stratford

15.00 - Samtegal I'm thrilled to have Samtegal back in training after he missed a year with a tendon injury. He is a handsome looking horse with a huge engine but unfortunately his legs have given us cause for concern from time to time. I've been taking things slowly with him this autumn, with lots of steady work without pushing any buttons and he has now reached the point where he is ready for a run provided they get plenty of rain at Stratford. I think Samtegal could be a fascinating horse this winter in two and a half miles handicap chases if he retains all his ability and the signs at home are encouraging. 15.00 - Romain de Senam He looks well in here under a 6 lbs penalty for his highly impressive victory at Chepstow last Sunday as I sure the handicapper will raise him a lot more than that. The key thing is that Romain de Senam has come out of that race in fine shape so I am happy to let him take his chance. He is still only five, prefers going left handed and needs more experience before we raise our sights with him.

16.10 - Capeland

A nice horse who didn't have the cleanest of runs last season partly because of a little issue with his feet though he still managed to win over hurdles at Newton Abbot. Capeland's troubles have now been sorted and he seems more mature since he came back into training. I'd like to think that with an uninterrupted season he could be well treated off a mark of 124.


Market Rasen



16.00 - Capitaine

Is an attractive grey who I've always thought would make a smart chaser. I was thrilled with his form over hurdles last season when he won three times and put in a fine round of jumping to beat a good field of novices in a Grade 2 event at Ascot. He then started the new campaign with a successful debut over fences at Newton Abbot. Capitaine has developed and strengthened over the summer and is ready to go at a track that should play to his strengths as he is better right-handed. While he is in good shape he does have to carry a 6 lbs penalty.

17.05 - Grand Sancy

A nice prospect for the future who we bought in France last year as a store horse. He enjoyed a racecourse gallop at Chepstow a month ago with few of our youngsters. I am still learning about Grand Sancy who, I suspect, like all of ours at this early stage, will improve for the experience.

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