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Rouge Vif
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Rouge Vif can spark a big-race double for champion trainer Paul Nicholls in the Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.

The Ditcheat handler has won the last two renewals of the race named in honour of the dual King George winner also trained by Nicholls.

Frodon had already won the Ryanair before taking this prize in 2020, and would go on to win the King George almost a year later - and Rouge Vif does not have too dissimilar a profile.

A very consistent sort for Harry Whittington who trained him to seven wins, he was third in the 2020 Arkle.

But just like Frodon, he is capable of carrying big weights to victory, as he showed when winning off a mark of 156 last October. Third in the Tingle Creek afterwards, his last two runs for Whittington were disappointing.

On his first start for Nicholls he blew the cobwebs away behind Nube Negra at Cheltenham and the time now looks right for him to step up in trip.

As he gets 6lb from Mr Fisher and Eldorado Allen, and Defi Du Seuil has looked badly out of sorts for over a season now, Rouge Vif can take advantage of some good placement.

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Nicholls can double up with Gelino Bello who is of clear interest in the Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.

An impressive winner on his hurdling debut at Aintree in October, Gelino Bello has since chased home Irish raider Blazing Khal in successive Grade Two novice events at Cheltenham.

Blazing Khal heads ante-post lists for the Albert Bartlett at the Festival in March, so there is nothing wrong with that form, and an opening perch of 138 for Gelino Bello's handicap bow looks fair.

Given the way he trounced his rivals on a sounds surface at Aintree, there is every chance that dropping back in distance will see the Nicholls runner in a better light, too.

Padleyourowncanoe gets the vote in the featured Agetur UK Ltd Classic Chase at Warwick.

The eight-year-old has three wins on the all-weather, three over hurdles and one over fences on his CV from previous spells with Mark Loughnane and Colin Tizzard.

He proved he has what it takes to mix it in a competitive and stamina-sapping staying chase when not beaten far into fourth place in the 2020 Summer Cup at Uttoxeter, since when he has switched yards and joined Dan Skelton.

Padleyourowncanoe made his debut for his new trainer in a handicap hurdle at Haydock last month, where he outran odds of 50-1 to finish a promising third after well over a year off the track.

That run will have presumably brought him on a good deal and he returns to the chasing game on a mark of 135, which is certainly workable.

Nicholls inmate Threeunderthrufive is difficult to oppose in the Wigley Group Hampton Novices' Chase.

Since finishing second to Does He Know on his fencing debut at Chepstow, the Shantou gelding has rattled off wins at Exeter, Cheltenham and Doncaster for the hat-trick.

He has to carry a penalty for his latest win at Grade Two level and this will likely be the softest ground he has encountered this season.

But he won a Chepstow bumper on heavy and a novice hurdle at Musselburgh on soft, so conditions are not expected to be an issue and he is a horse clearly on a steep upward curve.

A hat-trick could be in the offing for You Some Boy at Wetherby.

The Dylan Thomas gelding opened his account in some style at Newcastle last month and successfully stepped up to three miles to follow up over this course and distance less than three weeks later.

The Rebecca Menzies runner made all of the running to defy an 8lb rise on his latest appearance and a further 4lb hike ahead of the Novices' Handicap Hurdle does not look insurmountable for a yard in excellent form.

Fizzy Feet can register her sixth win at Lingfield in the Betway Handicap.

Dave Loughnane's speedy mare is only a couple of pounds above her last winning mark on the all-weather and ran her best race in a while when second at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago.

She looks sure to make her presence felt once again on her return to Surrey.

Chelmsford punters should put their faith in Shanko in the Novice Stakes.

The son of Oasis Dream looked a smart sort on his course debut a month ago and might be capable of defying the mandatory penalty before stepping up in grade.


CHELMSFORD: 4.15 Moveonup, 4.45 Stylish Whispa, 5.15 Shanko, 5.45 Copinet, 6.15 Jenson Benson, 6.45 Nankeen, 7.15 Berrahri.

FAIRYHOUSE: 11.45 Josh D'id, 12.15 School Lane, 12.50 Indigo Breeze, 1.24 Hard Rain, 1.57 Hauturiere, 2.32 Daily Present, 3.08 Brandy Harbour, 3.42 I Don't Get It.

KEMPTON: 12.20 Glide Down, 12.55 Milan Bridge, 1.32 Kap Auteuil, 2.05 ROUGE VIF (NAP), 2.40 Gelino Bello, 3.15 Kitty's Light, 3.50 Earth Company.

LINGFIELD: 12.05 Latent Heat, 12.35 Atlanna, 1.10 Clegane, 1.45 Imperial Sands, 2.20 Fizzy Feet, 2.55 No Flies On Me, 3.30 Gold Standard.

WARWICK: 12.40 Petrol Head, 1.18 Fast Buck, 1.50 Threeunderthrufive, 2.25 Surrey Quest, 3.00 Padleyourowncanoe, 3.35 Sporting John, 4.05 Fairly Famous.

WETHERBY: 12.27 Our Jet, 1.03 Escapeandevade, 1.39 You Some Boy, 2.12 Cornerstone Lad, 2.47 Haafapiece, 3.23 Glittering Love, 3.57 Roc Of Dundee.

DOUBLE: Rouge Vif and Gelino Bello.

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