Tomorrow’s racing looks pretty difficult and the winners have hardly been flowing for me this week but here goes with a few thoughts.
Westlin’ Winds is something of a favourite of mine and I am hopeful that he may be able to upset the likely favourite at Aintree in the 2.10.
There is a small but select field for the Old Roan Chase at 3.25. Both Alberta’s Run and the veteran Monet’s Garden have good records at the track and both will like the ground. Neither trainer is in particularly sparkling form though and this is probably a race to watch and enjoy rather than risk a bet.
The 5.10 looks to be between Rock Noir and Medermit. The latter looks the percentage call.
Ballybriggan sets the standard in the 5.40 where Cygnet, a huge disappointment on the flat, should improve for his first run over hurdles earlier this month.
When I went to Sandown Grammar School there were 4 houses, each represented by a colour and named after an area of the town. I was in Alverstone and the horse of that name could be worth an interest in the 2.00 at Chepstow. A dual bumper winner she was 3rd to Peddler’s Cross at Bangor last season when not fluent over the hurdles. If her jumping has improved she would have a good chance.
In the 3.35 Captain Chris is one that I fancy after running up a hat trick last spring. The stable are going well and the ground will suit. Frascati Park looks the danger and the comments about ground and trainer form would hold good for him too.
Restless Harry has only finished out of the first two once when completing the course and should give us a run for our money in the 4.10.
Den of Iniquity does not have too many miles on the clock for a nine year old. He will need the rain to come in time for him tomorrow but if he gets some give in the ground I would fancy him in the 4.45.
Doncaster gets under way with a tough sprint at 1.45. Johannes, Noble Storm and Anglezarke all come into the race on the back of a promising last run and they represent my short list. At a really big price I wouldn’t rule out Secret Asset. Mark Anthony has an each way chance in the 3.30 while Flambeau looks well weighted in the 4.05.
I have a short list of 3 in the 4.40. Ella, Red Jade and Tajaarub all look to have chances but if pushed for a single selection it would be Red Jade. Honeymead was an impressive winner at Newmarket at the start of the month and can follow up in the 5.15.
Primaeval seems to like Kempton and should again go well there in the 8.45.
At Newbury outsiders have a good record in the 2.40 and La De Two and Jedi are a couple that could upset the more fancied runners.
Today’s pictures are courtesy of the artist Lisa Miller.