Frank Hickey: These four should relish the testing conditions on Saturday

With heavy ground predicted all round, Mr Hickey has given us four whom he has taken quite a liking to....

1.55pm Cork

Westerner Point was disappointing in the Becher Chase at Aintree when quietly fancied but that was off a mark of 134. He reverts to hurdles here in Cork over two and a half miles off a mark of only 117. Last time he ran over hurdles over three miles in Clonmel, he was touched off 3lbs lower by a horse called Folsom Blue, who was second favourite at the Welsh National before being pulled out. With the ground really testing in Cork it should really suit and I can see him running a massive race.

2.05pm Chepstow (Welsh Grand National)

Mysteree has won first time out the last three seasons. He’s been kept fresh for this and relishes testing conditions, which any horse will have to considering conditions are really heavy in Chepstow and a three mile five furlong test is going to take an awful lot of getting.

He won last year at Haydock over three and a half miles in heavy ground and won the Eider over four miles plus at Newcastle. He ties in closely with Chase the Spud but he has a swing in the weights here with that one so she should beat him on these terms and with us paying 5 places I can’t see him out of the frame.

2.45pm Chepstow

Court Frontier has his third start for Christian Williams. The yard are in pretty decent form with two winners in the past two weeks from six runners. He’s only run on relatively good ground since moving to Christian Williams’ yard, but he prefers to get his toe in and prefers a softer testing ground which he’s going to get tomorrow. He ran off this mark in a chase at Huntington last year and he won by 14 lengths when trained by Paul Morgan. He’s off the same mark of 123 back over hurdles and he looks sure to go well at an each way price.

3.00pm Sandown

Cloudy Too was fifth last year in the same race off a mark of 140. He’s been dropped 11lbs to 129. He’s clearly regressed a small bit but he gets testing conditions for the first time since 2016 when he ran three really solid races at Haydock, winning one  – the Peter Marsh Chase – off a mark of 139. He gets heavy ground again here and is carrying 10 stone, which is going to be a massive advantage in really testing conditions. He’s a really good each way chance.

Frank’s Lucky 15:

1.55pm Cork: Westerner Point@ 10/3
2.05pm Chepstow: Mysteree @ 8/1
2.45pm Chepstow: Court Frontier @5/1
3.00pm Sandown: Cloudy Too@ 7/1

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