There is plenty of racing over the weekend, with just about something for everyone. With so many meetings to cover I am going to concentrate on Saturday tonight. I will be back with a preview of Sunday’s action tomorrow evening.
Aintree stages the best jumps card of the season so far so where better to start this evenings offering.
Border Tale won at Kelso last week and trainer James Moffatt has him out again in the 2.10. You couldn’t rule him out as he has ground conditions to suit and is a course and distance winner.
Mossville represents our list to follow in the 2.45. She is relatively unexposed and could be on a fair mark.
Kirbybroguelantern comes over from Ireland to contest the Grade 2 hurdle at Chepstow (1.25) He is a winner of 3 bumpers but lacks hurdling experience. He is an interesting runner though.
We have 2 horses from our list to follow in the 1.55. Don’t Push It and Lead On. The latter is a very nice type who has won 2 of his 4 starts, most recently at Cheltenham last April. He may well go chasing alter in the season, he certainly has the physique for it. Don’t Push It had a good campaign over fences last season and should be mixing it with the best this time around. He is back over hurdles here, and as long as he settles will be hard to beat.
Michael Muck is probably not one of Paul Nicholls stable stars but he won a couple of races last season and he stays well. One of his wins came at Chepstow and he returns there for the 2.25. The grey Rimski for the in form Twiston-Davies yard looks the danger.
The 2.30 at Doncaster has an intriguing look. King Orchisios won at Catterick last week and the 3rd (How’s She Cuttin’), 4th (Bo McGinty) and 5th (Strike Up the Band) all reoppose. I thought that both How’s She Cuttin’ and Bo McGinty ran well last week as they had unfavourable draws. King Orchisios may well go in again, and Princess Ellis is a threat but I will burden How’s She Cuttin’ with my selection. Bo McGinty will not be far away.
The rapidly improving Ibn Khaldun looks the one to be on in the 3.40.
In the 5.15 Osteopathic Remedy , who tends to race keenly, and hasn't quite been seeing out the mile recently, has plenty going for him from a handy pitch if William Carson can just get him to save a bit for the finish. The other runner from our list to follow in this race is Flores Sea who has lost form since winning early in the season.
Down at Newbury Ivy Creek represents our list to follow in the Group 3 race at 2.50. He won a couple of listed races earlier in the season but has not quite built on that success. His last run though, when 3rd over 10 furlongs at Ayr was encouraging. He is back up to 12 furlongs here but would need to run right up to his best form to win.
Princess Valerina has been one of the least successful horses on our flat list, failing to win from 8 starts. She runs in the 3.25. She is 25/1 in the RP and that just about sums up her chance.
Missit ran an excellent race in the Rockfel Stakes last week and if none the worse for that looks the one to beat in the 4.00.
Seabow, Plum Pudding and Heaven Knows represent our list in the 4.30. Heaven Knows ran with promise on his last start when 4th at Ascot and a repeat of that form would see him go close. Seabow likes cut in the ground and has an each way chance. Plum Pudding has shown little since winning at Newmarket in May. He has come down the weights as a result though and claimer Jamie Moriaty takes 3 lbs off.
My best bet at Naas is Sizing Africa in the 3.15.
I don’t have much of a view on the Breeder’s Cup, my only real fancy being Lahudoud in the Filly & Mare Turf. For the record the following are runners from our list to follow.
6.55 Passage of Time; 9.50 Dylan Thomas.