Seeing that Cheltenham is just around the corner we have some half decent racing on offer over the jumps tomorrow.
There may be some pointers to the Grand National tomorrow as a few of the leading contenders for the Aintree Spectacle are on show. Last year’s runner up McKelvey makes his belated seasonal reappearance in the Doncaster 2.25. Presumably he will need the race after such a long lay off but he is certainly one to have on your short list come the big race in April.
Two more potential major players in the National, Mr Pointment and Cloudy Lane clash in the 3.30. Mr Pointment has solid Grand National credentials as he won the Becher Chase over the National fences this season. Cloudy Lane is of course trained by Donald McCain, son of the legendary Ginger. Cloudy Lane goes for a hat trick of wins but in theory should find Mr Pointment too tough as the Paul Nicholls horse is favoured by the weights. Ungaro was an early faller last week at Kempton but has earlier run well when runner up in the Sky Bet Chase at here at Doncaster is another to consider as is Alderburn if he gets his favoured good ground.
Top Cloud represents our list to follow in the 4.40. He has run some decent races this season and with a first time tongue tie gets a tentative selection. Quite a few of the other horses in the race are from stables struggling for form.
Bywell Beau is my fancy in the 3.10 at Kelso. His record at the borders track reads 22p1111 which speaks for itself.
Although Mossville hasn’t won this season she hasn’t come down the weights either which is rather a shame. I see that she has a 7 lbs claimer on board in the Kempton 2.20 where I think that the step up to 3 miles might be in her favour.
In the 3.25 I see that former flat handicapper Jeepstar makes his hurdles bow. He was a winner 5 times on the flat for Tim Easterby and I see that he is now with Venetia Williams. He is the sort that could make an impact over timber.
In the 4.00 the well bred Classic Fiddle looks set fair to complete a hat trick of wins. Pauillac, a winner at Lingfield earlier in the season could be the won to give her most to do.
Gentle John should be suited by the track at Kempton and he should go well in the 4.35.
It might be worth taking on the odds on favourite Cryptic in the 1.35 at Newbury as he has a double penalty. Aux Le Bahnn is stepped up in distance and that may enable him to find some improvement.
There are some real old favourites in the 2.40, Royal Auclair, Royal Emperor, Sir Rembrandt, Tana River, Tango Royal etc. In fact most of these stalwarts have figured on my lists to follow down the years. At the odds I would give the bottom weight Hidden Bounty an each way shout.
At around 8/1 Regal Heights would be my each way choice in the 3.15 which looks a very open contest. The one I would fear most is the Paul Nicholls trained Natal.
In the 3.50 I am interested in Amour Multiple and Corran Ard. The former ran a couple of very promising races at Ascot earlier in the season. The worry is that he is just a little high in the weights but he does have a 7 lbs claimer on board. Corran Ard sustained a leg injury which has kept him off the track for well over a year. He is a horse of considerable potential but may off course need this run.
Planet of Sound has been running consistently for Philip Hobbs and he should be on the premises in the 4.25.
I will be back tomorrow evening for a look back at some of Saturday’s racing.