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I’m really looking forward to a superb mix of racing this weekend with some cracking national hunt cards and a couple of not too shabby flat meetings on the sand.
I am especially sweet on the chance of GAITWAY in the opener at Musselburgh (12.25pm) and Nicky Henderson’s charge kick starts our Lucky 15.
It is worth a closer look at the bare form of his three runs to date to highlight his chance here. On his debut under rules in a Newbury bumper, the son of Medicean very readily beat the classy Tea For Two by a length and followed that up with a cracking second to Urubu D’Irlande in a novice hurdle.
That winner had previously run none other than Yanworth to a length in a bumper. Enough said!
The Towton Novice Chase at Wetherby (2.45pm) has been won by some smart stayers in the past and CAPTAIN CHAOS can take the scalp of Calett Mad.
Dan Skelton’s charge was far from disgraced in the Listed Hampton Novice Chase at Warwick last time out and I expect him to take another step forward here.
The 3.40 at Lingfield is hardly a race to set the pulse thundering into overdrive, but it offers an interesting play in the form of the Dean Ivory trained VARSOVIAN.
A three-time winner in 2015 from a mark as high as 80, he was subsequently placed off 87 before his form started to tail off.
However, there have been signs on his last two starts that he was once again coming to hand and with a little bit of help from the handicapper (runs off 74 here) and some luck in the run, I fancy he will perform better than his likely double-figure odds suggest.
It has taken time for my punting brain cells to get a hang on the relatively new Tapeta track at Gosforth Park and I am still reticent to have a lump on there.
However, I am keen on the claims of SEA OF GREEN in the finale at 8.45pm. The son of Ifraaj is yet another sprinter to have fallen from grace in the last 18 months having been placed off a mark of 70.
He can hardly go much lower than his current rating of 46, but his proven ability on this slow surface is a big plus. Despite being a long standing maiden, he looks worth including as the anchor leg in our e/w Lucky 15.