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Gallops Report
Minehead, October 30
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ROALCO DE FARGES a fascinating long-distance chasing prospect for Philip Hobbs this winter.

The nine-year-old has not seen too much racecourse action, but there is no denying the ability he displays in his work at Sandhill Stables.

He worked energetically midweek to suggest a shot at Ascot's United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase is in the offing.

IF IN DOUBT to have a bright future in the silks of JP

A at Towcester last November, second-placed finishes behind Fingal Bay and Saphir Du Rheu in good races is not-too-shabby form to say the least.

The six-year-old is definitely one to follow throughout the winter, and could even be sighted at Wetherby on Saturday.

LORD PROTECTOR well fresh and has been serving it up to them in his gallops ahead of his seasonal return.

He has an entry at Ascot on Saturday and could take some beating.

Minehead, October 28

Philip Hobbs has done well with the early high-profile runners from his Sandhills base, capping a bountiful run of form with Wishfull Thinking's triumph in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree

This weekend, the spotlight could fall upon FINGAL BAY, winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival and always held in the highest of regard by his handler.

He worked especially well on both the Hobbs all-weather strips the other day and looks tuned and focused for wherever he ends up this weekend.

WISHFULL THINKING, has taken his exertions well, and may head to Huntingdon for the Peterborough Chase.

GARDE LA VICTOIRE have finished closer in his race at Aintree, but for a couple of sketchy jumps towards the business end.

LORD PROTECTOR worth monitoring as he has been showing plenty of sparkle and is traditionally a horse that operates well fresh.

He is entered in a handicap hurdle at Ascot, while MOUNTAIN KING run in a Listed race on the same card.

BROTHER TEDD CATHERINES WELL fell last time but after home practise on the jumping front should be out again soon.

MILOSAM also in good nick, while PULL THE CHORD DRY OL'PARTY, runs at Taunton on Wednesday, should soon make their mark.

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