A Rare Nicholls Raider At Plumpton

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No peace for the wicked, Easter or not, and this afternoon my first suggestion runs at Plumpton when Paul Nicholls sends Rare Middleton for the Sussex Champion Hurdle at 4.15pm.

Last seen in December winning a Class Four handicap off a mark of 115 pretty easily in the end, I get the feeling he has been kept back for this to protect his new mark of 121 which sees him get in here carrying less than 11 stone under Harry Cobden.

With just the five starts over hurdles, that may still underestimate his true abilities, and if the rains stay away and he gets decent ground as predicted, I can certainly see him running a big race.

Daily Sport Recommended Bet 1/2pt Each Way Rare Middleton 4.15pm Plumpton 5/1 most bookmakers

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