Boomerang Bob is an interesting contender as he takes a step back up in class in the Download The New Unibet Racing App Handicap at Lingfield.
The six-year-old was placed in Pattern company more than once as a juvenile for the late John Hills, starting the 2012 campaign on a mark of 105 which was was further augmented to 112 after he finished second in the Greenham.
He slid down the ratings though as he fell short at the very best level, with just a Windsor Listed win to his credit in 2013 and spells with both Barry and Charlie Hills in the interim.
Now with Jamie Osborne, Boomerang Bob finally regained the winning thread when dropped to claiming company on what was just his second outing for the Lambourn handler.
Boomerang Bob won despite enduring a troubled passage and should have gone some way to restoring his confidence.
Lining up off a mark of 90 here, Boomerang Bob races from his lowest ever rating.
Teputina should appreciate a step up in trip for the Coral Maiden Stakes after showing up well over a mile on her debut.
Her half-sister was a winner over 10 furlongs and her style of running suggests a longer distance will suit.
Monein can make a victorious return from a lengthy absence in the Bet In Play At Coral Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Twice a winner on the all weather last winter, Monein failed to sparkle at Chelmsford back in March and was subsequently found to have bled when well beaten by the useful Rocky Rider.
A return run on the turf at Newbury in May yielded little joy but given plenty of time to get over those efforts by Charlie Appleby, Monein can bounce back to his best here.
Richard Fahey has enjoyed a stellar season and Hutton can ensure the Musley Bank handler is still firing in the winners right up to new year by landing the 32Red Jack Hobbs Maiden Stakes.
He has shown glimpses of promise in two starts to date and can make it third-time lucky here.
Lifeboat Mona can claim Listed honours in the Happy New Year From totepool Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton.
The five-year-old won at this level in bumper company last year and showed she is more than capable of holding her own over obstacles when running out a five-length winner at Wincanton earlier this month.
She won with the minimum of fuss that day and can step up on that again here for Paul Nicholls.
Fellow Ditcheat inmate Modus is an obvious shout in the Bet totequadpot Novices’ Hurdle after winning both his hurdles starts to date.
A big-money recruit for JP McManus back in May after being placed in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, Modus is living up to his high regard and while he made hard work of it last time, he is a classy prospect.
Horsehill was a point-to-point winner before switching to racing under Rules and he is the choice in the Setsquare Recruitment Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
The four-year-old Cyclop can defy his youth by winning the The Last Fling Chase at Haydock.
* Selections -
HAYDOCK: 12.20 Bruce Almighty, 12.50 Capilla, 1.25 William H Bonney, 2.00 Cyclop, 2.30 Elenika, 3.05 Maxanisi, 3.35 Tomkevi.
LINGFIELD: 12.00 Archaic, 12.30 Bennelong, 1.00 Stamp Of Approval, 1.35 Teputina, 2.10 BOOMERANG BOB (NAP), 2.40 Lady Pinnacle, 3.15 Malih, 3.45 Tamujin.
TAUNTON: 12.40 Barista, 1.10 Snowball, 1.45 Modus, 2.20 Horsehill, 2.50 Lifeboat Mona, 3.25 Great Link, 3.55 Neworld.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Go Charlie, 4.40 Louis Vee, 5.10 First Rebellion, 5.40 Heads You Win, 6.10 Mr Boss Man, 6.40 Hutton, 7.10 Monein, 7.40 Bionic Indian.
DOUBLE: Boomerang Bob and Monein.