There are four races live for you on ITV on Saturday and it’s great to have the jumps taking a strong role.
The opener is easy to solve. With just the 16 runners the favourite here is Singlefarmpayment, who ran a belter at the festival last year being beaten a whisker. The only worry with him is he needed a run to hit top gear last season – the two I like in here are both with trainers who do well at this meeting.
Coologue was the winner of this last year, and races off the same handicap mark here. Covey fell at the first in this last year and he is another with a good chance off an attractive looking mark.
This race was robbed of the star attraction when Defi Du Seuil pulled out, but we do have a horse in here who is highly thought of by connections. Bedrock finished third to Defi at Aintree last season.
He is a keen goer and that’s the worry with him – the great thing for his supporters is Twobelucky and Golden Jeffrey both love to bowl along, which will make Harry Skelton’s job a lot easier with a strong pace to aim at. Twobelucky to be second.
This is a race where a few entrants have had warm up races.
Foxtail Hill has not had that luxury but did win first time last season. Admittedly, it was off a much lower mark, but he is an improver and with the pace likely to be strong here his stamina will come into play.
Vaniteux, with a tongue tie, on his first start for David Pipe is interesting. Nicky Henderson thought the world of him but he never delivered on what they felt he was capable of. Le Prezien got better after his first run last season and I just wonder if that will be the same here.
Thomas Campbell is your favourite here, currently at 5/1, and it’s easy to see why. He’s a young improver who has been crying out for a step up in trip – this will suit him as he races lazily and is not badly handicapped.
It should also suit the horse that was fifth last year in Luccombe Down, who’s attractively weighted and enjoys a pull in the weights with Holly Bush Henry and at a decent price is a good each-way bet.
All odds correct at time of posting.