The Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle is ultra-competitive and Storm Home is interesting here on the back of two easy wins.
He was in the process of running well in a good novice hurdle at Kempton too before that, but he fell behind Diese Des Bieffes and The Cap Fits. Don’t forget Colin Tizzard carried all before him at this meeting last year too. Court Minstrel is a good each-wy at a price.
Global Citizen was so impressive at Kempton in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle in February that he must be the one to watch here in the Top Novices’ Hurdle.
Irish Roe is the each-way gamble after the form this one showed at Doncaster was boosted when Mohaayed won at Cheltenham.
I have always liked Snow Falcon and I reckon it’s quite noticeable that Noel Meade is coming here for the Mildmay Novices’ Chase and not Punchestown later.
Somewhat luckily, he unseated his rider early at Fairyhouse and was spared a hard race. He is the one I’ll be backing, but Black carton is another I reckon will run well.
Min is favourite for the JLT Melling Chase and has to be on his run behind Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.
His form is stronger than Balko des Flos in Ireland and will edge it over that. Balko put up a hell of a performance beating Un De Sceaux and seems to be thriving though. It was a very good performance on the clock compared to Shattered Love on the same day.
The Topham Chase over the national fences is quite the puzzle with the ground being slow.
Top Gamble has a bit of class and will love these fences. James Bowen claims 3lbs, so what s not to like! Bouvreuil was really fancied last year, but this time around with soft ground is a good each-way punt.
This Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle is a rematch from the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle between Ok Coral and Santini.
Both horses had hard races, but Santini will turn out to be the better horse in the long run and he just about get the nod at the winning post.