Horse racing: Creepy should be class act at Wetherby

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Connections of Creepy had probably hoped he would have been running at last week’s Festival but his chase career has not quite gone to plan.

However, the Download Your Racing UK App Novices’ Chase at Wetherby tomorrow provides an excellent opportunity for this Grade Two-winning hurdler to get his fencing campaign back on the right track.

He was a 20-length winner on his first try over fences last September but he was then found wanting against both Kings Palace and eventual Gold Cup hero Coneygree, failing to complete in either of those runs.

Dropped in class and trip at this track in January, he struggled to make any impression against more experienced opposition and has duly slid a little further down the ratings.

Martin Keighley might struggle to achieve the same sort of feats with this one in chasing company, but Creepy should be good enough here.

Dunraven Storm makes a quick reappearance in the Higos Insurance Services Novices’ Chase at Exeter after failing to finish in the Arkle Trophy last week.

His race fell apart after attempting to go toe-to-toe with winner Un De Sceaux in the early stages and he was eventually pulled up after falling away tamely.

Obviously it is hard to say how much that run will have taken out of him, but Philip Hobbs would not run him unless he was capable of doing himself justice and his Grade Two win earlier in the year makes him the one to beat.

Elsewhere, Tacticus can make it a quick fire double at Southwell by landing the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap for Lady Cecil.

The four-year-old really came of age when scoring a first career success at this venue last week, although his nine-length verdict went pretty much under the radar as all eyes were on the Cheltenham Festival.