Horse racing: Hobbs and Nicholls can have us Quinz in

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THE 5-1 advised about Arctic Lynx in yesterday’s Horses For Courses column is already looking a fair investment with tomorrow’s Blue Square Sprint Series Final at Lingfield down to 12 runners already (2.10pm).

He remains a major fancy and could go off around the 3-1 mark but tomorrow’s feature remains Kempton’s Racing Post Chase and a toss-up in my book between Fistral Beach and Quinz (3pm).

An each-wayer on Fistral Beach was also recommended at 11-2 in yesterday’s column and with Tony McCoy on board it seems certain the Paul Nicholls-chaser will soon detract in price.

After having a wind operation last summer, the eight-year-old re-appeared looking better than ever at Wincanton in January when easily accounting for I’m A Legend by four lengths.

He was then a huge fancy for Donny’s cancelled SkyBet Chase and Nicholls even believes that Fistral Beach could even have a major chance in one of the main handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival

If that’s the case he needs to be winning this contest off a mark of 140.

Some have crabbed the form of his last win and Nicholls has warned his horse doesn’t want very soft ground – a factor that sunk Donny nap Wild Desert this week – but all things considered this horse just looks very progressive and the vibes are strong.

The champion trainer would also not book the champion jockey for nothing and he remains a reasonably confident nap granted okay ground and luck in running.

However, given the juicy odds on offer, it’s worth having a saver and Quinz is very much the rival who appeals as the biggest danger.

This is another progressive chaser who had won his last two before running into the very smart Time For Rupert and Chicago Grey at Cheltenham in December, to which there was no disgrace in finishing third after making all the running.

This flatter track will suit Quinz enormously and Phillip Hobbs has entered his horse in the Grand National admitting: “If he were to win the Racing Post on Saturday, you would consider him ‘well in’ so it would have been madness not to have him entered at Aintree.”

The Hobbs team clearly fancy their horse’s chances and so too must jockey Richard Johnson as Mostly Bob also looks interesting at the foot of the weights yet Dickie is on board Quinz.

And while the admirable Nacarat will surely give it a damn good go from the front, Quinz looks a huge player from only 11 stone. The 7-1 with Paddy Power, Skybet and Hills looks too big for a horse with his sort of chance.

Elsewhere at Kempton tomorrow, Ocean Transit may be well-handicapped in the 4.10pm contest while nothing has changed with the feature race at Lingfield in that the improving Arctic Lynx looks the most likely winner.

Layla’s Dancer may also upset Jezza in their opener (1.35pm) while it’s also Eider Chase day up at Newcastle and Howard Johnson’s Belon Gale may be just the type for that slog-fest (3.15pm).

Have a good weekend and best of luck with your bets.

Qemah ridden by jockey Gregory Benoist on the way to winning the Coronation Stakes at Ascot last May. PIC: David Davies/PA Wire

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