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Clove Hitch can open her account for Andrew Balding at Newbury

The three-year-old has shown some real promise in her career so far

Andrew Balding
Andrew Balding, trainer of Clove Hitch (Zac Goodwin/PA)

CLOVE Hitch should use previous track experience to her advantage in the Darley EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes over the straight mile at Newbury today.

The Andrew Balding filly has improved for each of her three career runs, which have included two at the Berkshire venue.

She finished fifth on her sole start as a juvenile, but impressed to finish two and a half lengths behind Economics, who subsequently won the Dante at York, when third on her reappearance in April.

Last time out at Windsor, the daughter of Siyouni was a close second behind the now 91-rated Cat Ninja to prove the three-year-old is trending in the right direction in her bid to shed her maiden tag.

Nibras Angel is an interesting option for Ismail Mohammed after slipping down the weights ahead of the Racehorse Shares From £25 At racingclub.com Handicap.

The four-year-old made her UK return at York in May, following a decent winter in the Middle East, but finished way down the field.

However, she needed that run and the drop down in grade is another positive for the daughter of Harry Angel.

Over the obstacles at Worcester, Boombawn aims for his fourth success in six starts in the Sep Rail Safety Day Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

Dan Skelton’s charge won last month at Warwick before dropping back to two miles in his third-placed finish at Cartmel last time out. He stays at that trip but everything the stable runs at present is worthy of close inspection.

Scrum Diddly is looking to make it two wins from two to start the year in the Jenningsbet In Pelsall Handicap Chase.

Harry Derham’s bay took the drop in class in his stride last time out to win by a length at Southwell in May.

The step back up to Class Three should not be an issue for the six-year-old, who climbs up only 2lbs.