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Vosne Romanee has Cheltenham as his big target next month but is making hay on the Flat in the meantime and can strike again in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap under the floodlights at Chelmsford.

The four-year-old Arakan gelding has paid his way throughout his career and has done well since joining Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland in July last year.

A couple of wins and placed efforts over hurdles have led to hopes he will run in the Fred Winter but he has shown he remains capable on the level, scoring very nicely at Wolverhampton last week.

Always moving easily, he won with any amount in hand and was building on his close fifth at this venue in January.

The step up to a mile and six furlongs was clearly to his liking and the 6lb penalty is unlikely to anchor him too much judged on that.

Falconize went into plenty of notebooks as a potential winner following her last start and can confirm that impression in the toteplacepot Racings Favourite Bet Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The Charlie Hills-trained filly was having her first start since October - and only the second of her career - when coming home well at Kempton earlier this month, having been held up through the early stages.

Give a fair bit of ground to make up, the daughter of Henrythenavigator was doing all her best work at the finish and surely has a race of this nature in her. Plasir looks like giving her the most to think about.

A competitive totepool We Love Winners Handicap can go the way of Dark War.

The James Given-trained three-year-old was game in front as he made all at Kempton to get off the mark at the seventh time of asking.

Having hinted at promise once or twice before that, the hope is he can overcome a 5lb rise with his confidence boosted and the first try at a mile offering a chance of further progress.

Sgt Reckless should make it two from two over fences in the Lafarge Tarmac “Asphalt To Go” Novices’ Chase at Huntingdon.

The Mick Channon-trained eight-year-old mixed it with the elite in novice hurdles at the business end of the last campaign, finishing fourth in the Supreme at Cheltenham before excellent placed efforts at Aintree and Punchestown.

He has tried a bit of everything this season, making a successful start over fences at Uttoxeter before finding Faugheen and company too hot to handle in the Christmas Hurdle and he was back on the Flat last time as he ran away with a Lingfield maiden.

Channon has been at pains to keep his charge away from testing winter ground and with conditions set to be decent enough for the time of year at Huntingdon, he should stamp his class to earn a possible return to Cheltenham next month.

Ultimatum Du Roy can notch a second win at the track in the space of a couple of weeks in the John Bigg Oxo Handicap Chase.

The seven-year-old has not had an awful lot of racing since arriving from France late in 2013, but has a generally consistent overall profile.

There was a lot to like about his victory here at the start of the month and with Noel Fehily on board once more, a 5lb hike might not be enough to stop him going in again.

selections:

Huntingdon: 2.10 Sudden Wish, 2.40 Ultimatum Du Roy, 3.15 Sgt Reckless, 3.50 Maestro Royal, 4.20 Paint The Clouds, 4.55 What A Scorcher.

Musselburgh: 1.50 Arthurs Secret, 2.20 Court Of Law, 2.55 Liberty Court, 3.30 Red Inca, 4.05 Kai Broon, 4.35 Syddan Rose.

Sedgefield: 2.00 Laser Hawk, 2.30 Grand Vintage, 3.05 Pistol Basc, 3.40 Snowed In, 4.15 Ballymoat, 4.45 Be A Dreamer.

Chelmsford: 5.10 Falconize, 5.40 Dark War, 6.10 Flying Author, 6.40 For Ayman, 7.10 VOSNE ROMANEE (NAP), 7.40 Miniskirt, 8.10 Youm Jamil.

Double: Vosne Romanee and Falconize.