Walking In The Air impressed with the manner of his victory at Warwick last season.
WALKING IN THE AIR (best price 10/3)
impressed with the manner of his victory in a bumper at Warwick towards the backend of last season and this looks the ideal starting point for his career over hurdles. A big, strong, scopey sort, the son of Flemensfirth showed his had stamina and class in equal measures when powering clear of what was a decent field at the Midland venue and although we probably won’t see the best of him until he’s racing over fences next season, Dan Skelton’s will no doubt still be thinking big for this imposing five-year-old in the ensuing period.
Walking In The Air - 1pt @ 10/3Lost -1pt
VIBRATO VALTAT (NAP) (best price 10/3)
proved himself one of the best novice chasers in the country last season, winning three Graded races in succession at Sandown, Kempton and Warwick, and although he couldn’t quite hit those heights at the festivals towards the backend, he’s likely to remain a prominent force in all the big two-mile chases throughout this campaign. As most of his best form was achieved in the early part of the season, it’s logical to go with the notion that his trainer has probably ear-marked this race for his charge for quite some time and this strong-travelling, bold-jumping grey can add to the list of previous Paul Nicholls-trained winners of this prestigious early-season prize.
Vibrato Valtat - 1pt @ 10/3Won 3.3pt
ROUGE NUAGE (best price 8/1)
has developed a real affinity for this track over the last twelve months – as C&D stats of 21614231 testify – and there’s no obvious reason why Conrad Allen’s charge shouldn’t add to those impressive set of form figures at the Dunstall Park venue. Despite being a firm favourite of course regulars, the son of Indian Haven amazingly went off at 12/1 when scoring on his latest visit here back in August and it looks as though he’s been seriously underestimated in the market yet again based of some of his early quotes from the layers.
Rouge Nuage - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Won 4.8pt