Warren Greatrex highlights some strong fancies as he runs through this week's plans.
We’ve got three runners today, two down at Fontwell and one at Uttoxeter, which is where I’m heading, with April Dusk. I’ve been looking forward to sending Raymond Tooth’s gelding over fences for a while now, he’s certainly built like a chaser and he’s schooled well at home. It’s going to be very testing ground up there but he’ll be fine in it and I’m pretty hopeful that he’ll put up a bold show.
Oscar Prairie (2.40) would have the better chance of my two down at Fontwell but he keeps a bit back for himself, and I’m not expecting any fireworks from Extreme Appeal (1.40) although the first-time blinkers could help him.
Wednesday is going to be a blank day for the yard but we will have runners on Thursday.
For Goodness Sake will make her debut for us at Warwick on Thursday. We bought her cheaply at the Horses In Training Sale. She’s not very big but she’s a sound jumper of a hurdle and we’ll learn more about what we have on Thursday.
Shah Of Persia will probably go to Cheltenham on Friday despite the trip being on the short side. He wasn’t at his best at Southwell last time but the ground there was very soft and it should be much more to his liking at Cheltenham. He seems well in himself at home and would have a definite each-way chance.
One Track Mind is in at Cheltenham on Friday and Carlisle on Sunday. This will be his first crack at three miles but he’ll definitely get the trip. He’s a very talented horse with a bright future and I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t acquit himself well on handicap debut.
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We hold Ma Du Fou in very high regard and he’s got a couple of options this week. He was very impressive when winning over hurdles at Ffos Las in November and that form looks good now with the runner-up winning by 20 lengths at Aintree next time. He’ll either run at Bangor on Friday or Lingfield on Saturday, but wherever he goes I will be disappointed if he doesn’t win.
Out Sam will make his debut over fences at either Doncaster on Friday or Cheltenham a day later. He’s come on since his run over hurdles at Carlisle and has schooled well.
Chef D’Oeuvre is in at Lingfield on Saturday and Carlisle on Sunday. Lingfield is the more likely I would think - he’ll certainly not mind the testing ground.
Ballyculla could run at Bangor on Friday or Carlisle on Sunday. He’s still a novice over fences but he has run some good races in defeat and we’re confident he can get his head in front soon. He was held up with a small injury but he’s in really good form at home now and is ready to roll. He handles soft ground well.
We are looking for some decent ground for Alzammaar who could go to Doncaster on Friday if conditions aren’t too bad. I was really happy with his run at Cheltenham last month and he’s come on for that. He’s definitely capable of winning off his current mark.
Postbridge ran a really nice race first time at Fakenham and that form looks good as the winner was only beaten a length in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham next time. This filly has improved since and I’d expect her to be winning next time. She’s in at Carlisle on Sunday but I doubt we would take her up there on her own, so she’ll only go if we have at least one other runner on the card.
Penn Lane could make his debut over hurdles at Southwell on Sunday. He beat a pretty decent rival in a bumper at Uttoxeter last month and he’s been giving us all the right signals at home. He jumps well and we think he could have quite a bright future.