Golden Chieftain can take veterans chase if in the mood
When Golden Chieftain won the Sussex National I commented that rider Brendan Powell had earned his fee. Out of the back and being niggled along for 2/3 of the way he looked anything but enthusiastic. Nevertheless he might still be that answer to the Veterans Chase at muddy Carlisle for the buoyant Tizzard stable.
Verko can make it a hat trick in the 2.40 despite a 10lb rise. Whilst Native Optimist is worth an each way punt in what will be an attritional Pertemps qualifier.
The promising types Mango Cap (12.05) and Western Rules (1.05) should win their races albeit at short odds.
There’s some interesting novice/maiden hurdles at Southwell where Penn Lane (1.20) and Secret Door (2.55) are my picks.
Not A Bother Boy reverts to hurdles in the last but is still on a decent mark as he bids for a hat trick for Sue Smith.
Yesterday Straidnahanna was a shade disappointing in the Doncaster mud. However both Holly Bush Henry and Southfield Royale (below) look types to follow as the winter progresses. Champagne West ran an impressive race on his seasonal debut and could be a Ryanair type. Noel Fehily was at his best on Unowhatimeanharry who with Final nudge pulled well away from the rest. Annacotty never looked to be travelling.