The Grade 2 Elite Hurdle (2.10pm) at Wincanton is a decent contest on Saturday but with the ground still on the quick side the track is going to suit horses who travel well and Alan King’s Sceau Royal certainly ticks that box. The handicapper didn’t miss him for his win at Cheltenham a fortnight ago though and he will have to be on his A-game to win carrying 11-10.
The Conditions Hurdle at Aintree (2.40pm) looks the ideal opportunity for Zarkander to get back on the winning thread, despite not seeing the winner’s enclosure for almost two years. The two-time Grade 1 winner has from over course and distance and won’t have any issues going on fast ground.
Splash Of Ginge is ridiculously well handicapped in the 3.10pm at Aintree on Saturday – plus the owner is local – so he makes a nice each-way bet. This horse won a Grade 3 event at Cheltenham in January 2015 off a rating of 145, and he comes into this race off just 137. If he can rediscover his best form he is a cracking each-way bet.
The Badger Ales Handicap Chase (3.20pm Wincanton) is a race where it can pay to go with the hot trainers and there is none hotter than Paul Nicholls at the minute. His Southfield Theatre is a horse who loves good ground – making the frame in five of his seven runs on good – and he has some good form to his name, finishing fourth in the Sandown Gold Cup when lasts seen in April. He is still really competitive off this mark of 147, especially with a good claiming jockey Harry Cobden booked to ride.