Becher chase, Tingle Creek and more – preview
Four national hunt meetings tomorrow and whilst Aintree and Sandown have the feature races, Wetherby and Chepstow provide some fascinating contests too.
The Tingle Creek may lack Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre but still has plenty of quality with possible Champion Chase material Balder Succes taken to avenge his Haldon Cup defeat by Gods Own. Hinterland could also feature for the in form Paul Nicholls.
Cup Final should benefit from his recent third at Cheltenham and can score for the irrepressible Barry Geraghty.
Only 4 runners in the Henry VIII chase but its hard to rule any out with confidence. I take the quirky Vibrato Valtat to deny his stable mate Irish Saint.
Venetia Williams and Aidan Coleman are at their most potent on Saturday’s and I fancy Emperors Choice to outsaty his rivals in the last to confirm that trend.
They go 10/1 the field in the Becher Chase so its worth spreading your stakes on 2 or 3 each way. Mr Moonshine was third last year, has had a prep race and is stable are back in form after a largely barren October/November. He must represent good each way value at around 22/1 despite the absence of Ryan Mania who rode the National fences so well. Just A Par looks just the sort to thrive over these fences whilst Balbriggan is in great form and must be on the short list.
The Listed Chase sees Holywell look to step up from his seasonal debut but his trainer remains largely in the doldrums and the blinkers are still not applied.
That leaves two of my 50 to follow, Sam Winner (who would prefer a stronger stamina test) and Ma Filleule (impressive over the National fences in the Topham) with the latter preferred over the Mildmay course.
The Grand Sefton features many with something to prove including Persian Snow (e/w) after his poor effort last time. Bob Ford (e/w) jumped well when winning at Chepstow and could be suited by these National fences.
In the Welsh National trial Caroles Destrier has taken well to fences and could get the better of the more experienced Roalco de Farges and a number of others who will be aimed at the Welsh National itself including last years winner Mountainous.
Elsewhere One Track Mind and Binge Drinker are strongly fancied to continue their winning ways.
It will be highly surprising if Dan and Harry Skelton dont have a winner or two as they have 4 runners with great chances.
Dougie Costello often reaps rewards on days like these and rides both Missed Approach for Warren Greatrex and Comeback Colin for Sue Smith.
Lightening Rod is taken to follow up his facile win here at the end of October.