Our NAP selection won again on Thursday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, December 2, 2016.
TRISHULI ROCK (Wolverhampton 7.45) has been placed in all four starts after last week’s third over 1m½f here and can get off the mark at the fifth attempt in the 1m1½f maiden for trainer Marco Botti. Back in trip last time, she held a good position turning in but hung a little in the closing stages. While she does not appear to be progressing, she will not have to find much improvement to win what looks a weak maiden over the same trip.
DINO VELVET (Sandown Park 1.15) won a conditions race in the French provinces in May and was gelded before running fourth to Pleasure Dome in a 0-85 Flat handicap at Chester in September on his first start for Alan King. The three-year-old then made a pleasing start to his hurdling career, with a fairly slick round of jumping in the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham last month. He looked no match for the winner, Defi Di Seuil, who had his measure before the selection came to grief at the last. Still, if none the worse for wear, he should get off the mark in the 2m juvenile hurdle.
ANDY KELLY (Exeter 12.55) won his only completed start over fences, beating subsequent Group 1 winner Ar Mad in a novices’ limited handicap at Plumpton last October. He had run just three times the previous season and suffered with leg trouble after his win, so would have needed the run when he appeared at Kempton Park a couple of weeks ago after 399 days on the sidelines. However, Emma Lavelle’s seven-year-old got in tight at the fifth fence and unseated Daryl Jacob. He looks very well handicapped, though, and is expected to go well in the extended 2m3f handicap chase.
THE CHARACTER (Sedgefield 1.40) bids for a hat-trick, having won two novice hurdles at Bangor (2m½f) and Musselburgh (1m7½f). The Donald McCain-trained five-year-old made all, defying a 7lb penalty and showing guts aplenty in fending off Golden Town last month, and now makes his handicap debut off a mark of 115. He looks to have been found a decent opportunity, as a few of his seven opponents in this extended 2m½f event will be either lacking match practice or are out of form.
SANDOWN PARK: 12.40 Azure Fly, 1.15 Dino Velvet (nb), 1.50 Pilgrims Bay, 2.25 Ballyandy, 3.00 Red Devil Star, 3.35 Utility
EXETER (inspection 8am): 12.20 Bring Back Charlie, 12.55 Andy Kelly, 1.30 Cyclop, 2.05 Touch Kick, 2.40 Annie Alainn, 3.15 Rock The Kasbah, 3.50 Sensible Friend
SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Gunner Lindley, 12.30 Shanroe In Milan, 1.05 On The Road, 1.40 The Character, 2.15 Distant Rain, 2.50 Derintoher Yank, 3.25 Cousin Oscar
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Unnoticed, 4.40 Espresso Freddo, 5.10 Italian Beauty, 5.45 Beautiful Stranger, 6.15 Gentlemen, 6.45 Limonata, 7.15 Rubis, 7.45 TRISHULI ROCK (NAP)
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