The big weekends keep coming in the jumping game with Sandown’s Tingle Creek card and Aintree hosting the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton on another excellent Saturday of racing action.
Here’s five to keep onside for Super Saturday.
Paul Nicholls’ charge is making his chase debut in this Grade 1 event, but reports are that he has been schooling very well and he was much the best of these over hurdles, if he can translate that ability to fences then his rivals could be in trouble.
Dan Skelton’s runner looks to have a great chance in this valuable handicap hurdle. He had a wind operation at the start of the season and showed much improved form on his comeback run when second in a maiden hurdle at this venue, where the third placed has run well since. The four-year-old is open to more improvement.
The Tingle Creek Chase is the feature race of the day and one which caused a lot of debate in the raceroom. It looks to revolve around whether the favourite Defi Du Seuil’s jumping will hold up to the pace of negotiating the Sandown fences in a championship race over two miles.
For those looking for a punt against the fav, Sceau Royal looks a fantastic each way bet. He is ultra-consistent, a fantastic jumper and should make the first three at least if all eight run.
Our first look at the Grand National fences this season and Walk In The Mill is a horse who comes alive at this track. He won this race impressively last year off a 4lb lower mark and was a solid fourth in the National on his two previous visits. He looks a great bet to go close again and Paddy’s paying 5 places.
Bryony Frost was crowned Jump Jockey Of The Year at the Horserace Writers & Photographers Derby Awards earlier in the week and can cap the week with victory in the Grand Sefton on Paul Nicholls’ Touch Kick. He was very impressive winning on reappearance at Fakenham & this test looks perfect for him in a race where Paddy is paying 4 places.
*Prices and entries correct at time of publishing