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Ed Walker

Ed Walker is keen on the prospects of Nicholascopernicus in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.

The son of Medicean bettered a Haydock second on heavy ground when claiming an emphatic success at Goodwood, again on rain-affected going.

"Three-year-olds have got a 6lb pull against the older horses, which helps, especially at this time of year. Physically he's been improving all year, so I'm not too worried about taking them on at this time of year," the Newmarket handler told At The Races.

"This will be his ninth start this year so we'll call it a day after this race and we'll look forward to him for next year. It's a very tough race, as ever, but we've got a good candidate."

Art Scholar was runner-up to favourite First Mohican at Nottingham and ran another good race when second over this course and distance two weeks ago. His trainer Michael Appleby said: "I think he's got a good chance. The ground's dried up so it should suit him a bit better this time. I expect him to run a big race."

David O'Meara hopes to end what has been a successful season on a high when he saddles Art History and War Poet.

"For Art History, the better the ground, the better his chance and it seems that he might get his ground. He doesn't want any soft in it at all. He's wearing blinkers for the first time but he has worn headgear in the past over hurdles so it's not as if it's new to him," said the North Yorkshire trainer.

"We've given War Poet a break to get him fresh specifically for this. The handicapper might have him, but we think he'll run well. He likes Doncaster - he's run well there a few times."

Andrew Balding hopes Communicator will have benefited from a 10-week gap from his last outing.

"We have given him a break to save him for this. His last two runs at Chester have been exceptional but we know this is going to be very competitive. The ground should be fine and he's really come to himself. Our only worry would be that this is a completely different track to Chester," said the Kingsclere trainer.

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