Of the horses mentioned in last night’s update Liberate and Flash Cummins were odds on winners while Conkering was 4th having drifted markedly in the betting. Reach for the Top was second to the horse pointed out as the main danger.
Down at Exeter tomorrow Richard Phillips gives a debut run to Lennie the Blade in the novice hurdle at 1.10. He is by a Derby runner up out of Limelight, who was a winner over hurdles. The stable are not in the best of form but I think this could be a horse worth keeping an eye on in the longer term.
David Pipe’s horses are in top form and I fancy his Doc Row in the Exeter 2.15. He should be fit after a run 3 weeks ago and will be well suited by the soft ground.
Just for Men refused last time at Chepstow and is probably not straightforward. He has first time blinkers in the 3.20 and might be worth one more chance.
A multiple winner in France, Granit Jack was a bit disappointing when only 3rd on his UK debut. He is apparently held in high regard by connections and gets a chance to atone for his defeat in the 2.05 at Sandown. The 2 horses that finished in front of him on his last outing have both won since. I see that Paul Nichools has won this race for the last 2 years with Ladalko and Neptune Collonges.
Star de Mohaison and The Listener represent our list to follow in the 2.35. The Listener beat the Paul Nicholls trained chaser twice last season. However, he has fallen on his last two starts and Star de Mohaison has the benefit of a winning run over hurdles already this season so he gets the selection.
On the all weather at Lingfield there is a very strongt whisper for the unraced Sweeney in the 1.55.