12.55 – MansionBet Is Proud To Sponsor British Racing Novices’ Hurdle – 2m
An intriguing opener, on a variety of levels, with HOI POLLOI setting the standard on the form available. Emma Lavelle’s impressive bumper winner was unable to remain unbeaten when well-supported on his hurdling debut, finding one too good. However, it’s highly-plausible to suggest that inexperience caught him out that day and, with improvement on the cards, he could go one better.
Nicky Henderson deploys the highly-regarded and expensive purchase GALLYHILL who is sure to attract plenty of attention. He is bred to be smart, therefore, it would be hugely disappointing if the son of Getaway couldn’t get involved at the first time of asking over timber.
Selections: HOI POLLOI, GALLYHILL
13.25 – MansionBet’s Watch And Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase – 2m
A race that is armed with significant potential from a handicapping perspective and a chance is taken on Alan King’s HARAMBE who has the scope and physique to take well to chasing. He won last year’s Grade-Three Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham from only a 3Ib lower mark and looked set to go close in this year’s renewal, only to fall at the final flight. Needless to say, if he can replicate that sort of form to this sphere, he’d certainly be capable of winning this event with the strongest form in the book.
BIRCHDALE was a very talented hurdler, though hasn’t got going in this sphere. His jumping has lacked conviction over fences and the same applied to him last time. Even so, he remains with considerable potential over fences and is worth considering from his current mark.
Selections: HARAMBE, BIRCHDALE
14.00 – British EBF Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle – 2m4f
Plenty of these to consider, including HAMILTON’S FANTASY who looked a useful prospect when second in a hot bumper at Ascot in November. Her stable won this race twelve months ago and, with an assured round of jumping, the daughter of Mount Nelson looks set to be thereabouts.
LADY IN HIDING showed distinct signs of promise when reaching the frame in all three bumpers back in 2019, including a third at listed level. She’s been absent for 14-months. so her fitness has to be taken on trust, but she’s undergone wind surgery since and should be capable of making her presence felt.
PHILLAPA SUE is another to consider, who shaped encouragingly in four bumpers in Ireland with the form of her efforts in defeat working out particularly well. If translating that ability to hurdles, she should be up to making an impact.
Selections: HAMILTON’S FANTASY, LADY IN HIDING, PHILLAPA SUE
14.30 – MansionBet’s Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle – 2m
A nineteen-runner field to assemble for this competitive handicap hurdle, but the top-weight GOWEL ROAD has to be taken seriously. He shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up on hurdling debut to Bear Ghylls before a creditable fourth over C&D 22 days ago. His opening handicap mark of 122 looks exploitable on the evidence of the form he’s shown to date so gets the vote.
Of the others, Alan King’s HEART OF A LION has had a wind operation since finishing second at Taunton last time and looks to have got in here lightly on handicap debut with the anticipation of more improvement to come.
Selections: GOWEL ROAD, HEART OF A LION
15.05 – MansionBet Hurdle McHurdleface Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m
This looks a good race and for that matter, the David Pipe-trained PANIC ATTACK is fancied to find the necessary improvement to go in again.
It’s significant to note that stable rider Tom Scudamore has opted to come here and ride the promising mare rather than go to Chepstow, where he’d have had the chance of bagging a few winners. Needless to say, this five-year-old mare created an excellent impression over C&D last month, suggesting that she is well up to being competitive in this higher grade.
Selections: PANIC ATTACK
15.35 – MansionBet’s Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase – 2m7f
FAGAN has steadily improved for his current yard and ran his best race for them last time out when keeping on well to finish third of nine at Ludlow from his current mark, faring best of those held-up. By good fortune, his mark remains lenient on historical form, given the fact that he had been competing to a very high standard when trained by Gordon Elliott. With a strong pace guaranteed, everything looks to aligned perfectly for him.
VALADOM regained the winning thread in a veterans’ handicap chase at Newcastle in November with an exhibition round of jumping and was far from disgraced back over hurdles next time. He has some decent form to his name at this track and, providing the ground doesn’t get too taxing, he’ll take some catching.
Selections: FAGAN, VALADOM
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