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We are all here today for what promises to give us a few more insights into what could come along in March at Cheltenham & maybe, just Maybe The Grand National in April….
We have a full house today (Charlie, Chris, Jamie & Rich) are all here with their thoughts, so lets get started….
Aintree – Soft
1.30 William Hill Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) over 3m 1f and 188y.
Minellacelebration – Out of Kings Theatre and Knocktartan Has been in great form of late since beaten a neck at Doncaster back in February when just failing to get head in front of Burton’s Well in closing stages over 2m 7f and 214y . Went one place better on next start at Uttoxeter in July when beating Bandsman by a neck over 3m 2f and 13y. Was sent to Aintree for latest race and won again beating Pobbles Bay by 14 lengths over 3m and 210y. If showing up in same mood as shown in last 3 runs could easily outrun today’s price of around 16-1 but will need a couple of today’s runners to underperform.
Sandown – Heavy
3.00 Betfair Exchange Back and Lay London National Handicap Chase 3m 4f and 166y.
Cloudy Glen – Out of Cloudings and Ribble. Beaten 3 and 1/2 lengths by Deise Alba when last seen here back in February over 3m and 37y. Fell at Warwick on the 21st February when racing over 2m 4f. Was a well beaten 6th on next start at Uttoxeter on the 14th March when racing over 3m and 2y. Was then sent to Fontwell for next run on the 15th November when beating Christmas in April by 13 lengths over 3m 3f and 149y. If repeating that run shown last time that should be enough to take this race at the expense of Classic Ben and Crosspark who should push the selection all the way to the line.
3.35 Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (Listed) over 1m 7f and 216y.
Mister Coffee -Out of Authorised and Mamitador Has been in great form winning 3 out of the 4 hurdles races contested and finishing 2nd in the other. The wins have came at Huntingdon and Newbury last season, followed by a 2nd place finish on final run at Huntingdon in January this year. Made seasonal return at Sandown in November this year and won beating Oscar’s Leader by 5 lengths over 1m 7f and 216y. If showing up in same mood can easily go in again, biggest threat comes in the shape of Benson who has won last 2 starts for Dr Richard Newland and Solo who is trained by Paul Nicholls.
1:08 – Navan – Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)
– Selection: Shattered Love
You could be forgiven for describing this 20 runner Grade B as very competitive. There is many in with chances but for such a classy mare Shattered Love with 7lb claimer Gavin Brouder in the irons looks to hold solid claims of making it back to back victories. The former JLT (Marsh) Novices Chase winner at the festival returned to the winners circle in a listed Mares Chase three weeks ago at Clonmel, she jumped very nicely and ground it out. Connections will be hoping for the rain to fall but Shattered Love does have some decent form on good to soft ground. The big field may be a slight concern but with a bit of luck she will not be far away on all known form. Gordon Elliott has his team in very good form as we all seen last weekend at Fairyhouse.
2:25 – Sandown – Tingle Creek Chase
– Selection: Rogue Vif
A cracker of a Tingle Creek is in store for us today as Champion Altior makes his eagerly awaited reappearance. I think though he is worth taking on as he looks vulnerable to me today with a lack of a recent run and being a year older. Rouge Vif really caught me by surprise in a Cheltenham handicap back in October, it was a top performance and left many racing fans considering him to be a Champion Chase contender. I guess today we will find out. Rouge Vif looks to be the improver in the field, how much more can Altior and Politologue improve at their age? Rouge Vif is also very consistent and with race fitness on his side he can make his mark on the two mile chase division.
3:15 – Aintree – Grand Sefton Chase
– Selection: Modus
A 2m 5f test over the national fences with the market leaders at 6/1 giving an indication of just how open this race is. I like the chances of Modus here for the Nicholls / McManus combination. This 10yo gelding has plenty more to give judging by a very respectable 6th in the Galway Plate which was followed on November 1st with a good win over Springtown Lake over fences at the same Merseyside course. He will need to jump a bit cleaner than he did that day over these big fences but Modus is in top form and is in with a fair shout. Trip and ground hold no fears and he comes into the race on the back of a confidence boosting win. You can see why many people think he’ll give a good account of himself today.
1.30 Becher Handicap Chase
Vieux Lion Rouge needs little introduction around these fences having won and placed in this race previously. Things didn’t go his way last year after winning at Chepstow, however he reappeared with a fair 5th here over the Mildmay course, when looking in need of the run. He had been given a real chance by the handicapper and has dropped down to 140, 2lbs below his last winning mark. Soft ground is fine and looks a great each-way bet at the prices.
3.15 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
Didero Vallis ran well for a long way in this race last term, eventually finishing 5th. Despite 2 decent runs since, he arrives here 3lbs lower and the stable are once again firing now the winter ground has set in. He’s not been missed in the betting over the past 24 hours, but I can’t leave him unbacked.
At a huge price Beau Bay is 1lb lower than last years 3rd, with Charlie Hammond also taking off an extra 3. He is more than capable of getting involved off that mark with firms offering extra places.
Final Word with Rich –
3 from me today, 2 NH & 1 All Weather…
Chepstow ( Hurdle – Heavy, Soft in places –
1.22 Handicap Hurdle – Class 3 – 2m 7f 159yds…
The Captains Inn – Flemensfirth x Killeen 6yo gelding….
Top Rated 130 in this 5 runner handicap, who was last seen being pulled up in April 2019 in the Grade 1, 3m 149yd Sefton Novice Hurdle, won by Champ.
That was 610 days ago & now makes long awaited comeback. He was 2 from 2 over hurdles prior to the extended break having won agood ground, Class 4 Leicester, 2m 4f Novice Hurdle by 3 & 3/4 lengths in January 2019 from Chef D’equipe before landing a 2m 4f Class 4 Novice Hurdle at Uttoxeter in March 2019 by 8 lengths on heavy ground. He is up in trip & Class on his handicap debut…..
1.30 Becher Handicap Chase – Grade 3 – 3m 1f 188yds (National Course) –
Walk in The Mill – Walk in the park x Libre Amour 10yo gelding….
4th in the 2019 rand National to Tiger Roll & a bit of a course specialist, having won this race for the past 2 seasons.
He has had a pipe opener for the season at Ascot, in the 2m 7f Grade 3 Gold Cup Handicap Chase, when finishing 29 lengths 7th to Regal Encore….
And one at a slightly bigger price….
Vieux Lion Rouge – Sabiango x Indecise 11yo gelding…
Winner of this race in 2016 & another who is no stranger to this course, having run it on 9 previous occasions, including 4 Grand Nationals.
5th on seasonal return in a 3m, Class 2 Handicap Chase at this course on October 25th….
Wolverhampton (All Weather – Tapeta) –
5.30 Conditions Stakes – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 6f 20yds…
Mighty Gurkha – Sepoy x Debt Colt
Was last seen finishing down the field in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on November 5th but he is no stranger to the All Weather, having won the Group 3 6f Sirena Stakes at Kempton on September 5th & at Lingfield on his debut in a Class 5, 6f Maiden by 7 & 1/2 lengths, which caught everyone’s attention. The combination of Jockey, Hollie Doyle & Trainer, Archie Watson also won this race last season with Maystar & team up again today….
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