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Lucky Loader Previews Racing At Huntingdon: Largy Poet can bring up the hat-trick

There is a good card at Huntingdon for Easter Monday, as we have eight races to get our teeth stuck into. I think Paul Nicholls could be in for a good afternoon, and he might be able to claw back some prize money in the Trainers’ Championship.

12.35 – Happy Easter From Rhino.Bet Mares’ Handicap Chase

This is a very trappy opener, but Moon Eagle didn’t run too badly in a better race at Ludlow last time over 2m4f. I don’t think this race will take a lot of winning, and she’ll appreciate the drop-in class and the step-up on the trip. The daughter of Free Eagle seems to be pretty versatile, and she seems to be the safest option.

Selection: Moon Eagle (Win)

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Rock House has been a little disappointing in his recent starts and put in a no-show when fourth at Hereford in January. He’s had a little bit of a break, and connections reach for first-time cheekpieces., but if he can rediscover his form when he finished third in the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow behind the likes of Captain Teague, he should take the beating. 

Selection: Rock House (Win)

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I thought Happy Index had a squeak here. He didn’t run badly last time out at this track, and Paul Webber’s yard has been starting to come back to form after a long, quiet spell. The six-year-old mare seems to come to hand in the spring, as she won at Ludlow around this time last year, and if the ground remains good, I’d be happy to side with her here.

Selection: Happy Index (Each Way)

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Symbolic Spirit is a very tentative selection for me here. The last time we saw her, she made her debut for Dan Skelton, finishing third at Fakenham. She might have been disappointing to some that day after she was sent off favorites, but I would say connections were just trying to get to know her, and this step up in trip should suit as she hails from a family that has produced a lot of stamina. Even though a lot of this field has a lot to prove, I think she is one of only a few that could be open to improvement.

Selection: Symbolic Spirit 

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The one I quite like here is Ioupy Collonges each way for Paul Nicholls. I don’t think he ran badly on testing ground at Newbury last month over 2m4f. He was just a bit outpaced, and he’ll favour the good ground and the step up back in distance, as he won over this trip at Exeter over hurdles last season. There is some depth to this race, but the six-year-old gelding is still unexposed as a chaser, and I can see him going well.

Selection: Ioupy Collonges (Each Way)

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Largy Poet has been progressing well in novice hurdle company after wins at Exeter and Wincanton this season. He now makes his handicap debut off a mark of 127, but Ben Bromley will be able to take a handy 5lbs off. His trainer Paul Nicholls  tries first-time cheekpieces here, and if he does get an easy lead, he could be hard to pass, as I think the better ground can also suit him.

Selection: Largy Poet (Win)

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There is a good each-way bet for me in this race, and that is John Betjeman, who is way overpriced. It’s fair to say he has found things a bit tough recently, but he has run in some good races, including when he finished seventh at Taunton last month. That race has worked out well, and he is now 3lb below his last winning mark. He does find it hard to win, but he is normally a very consistent horse for finish in the frame and I think he can do so again here.

Selection: John Betjeman (Each Way)

4.30 – Follow Rhino.Bet On Instagram Open National Hunt Flat Race 

Most of the field is likely to be better over obstacles, but the one I am interested in for today is Silver Thorn. There was some good market support for him when he finished fourth on his racecourse debut at Fontwell in January, but I think he struggled on the heavy ground. The conditions should be more up his street, and I think that’s the reason why Emma Lavelle hasn’t run him since. He’ll be the one I’m siding with in the lucky last.

Selection: Silver Thorn (Win)

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