3.25 Down Royal

Given that Venitien De Mai has all the hallmarks of a ropey-looking favourite, this beginners’ chase appears primed for a turn up and in the shape of PETER FROM PARIS (best price 9/1), the 10-year-old may just be capable of providing one if he can run to the level of his latest performance at Punchestown. Setting out to make all the running on chasing debut, the son of Pierre belied his starting price of 66/1 by hanging around on the scene for much longer than his odds suggested and as he only finished just behind subsequent winner Arctic Skipper in that race eventually won by Measureofmydreams, he appears to have been wrongly overlooked in the market based on those exploits.

If he fails to run up to scratch, MOUNT GUNNERY (best price 7/2) is well worth a small saver in a two-pronged attack against the jolly. Pat Fahy’s inmate shaped with plenty of promise behind the highly-regarded Tell Us More at Gowran on only his second start over fences and he should be a good deal more streetwise on this occasion.
Peter From Paris - 0.5pt @ 9/1Lost -0.5pt
Mount Gunnery - 0.5pt @ 7/2Lost -0.5pt

3.35 Leicester

Richard Philips has endured a pretty torrid run of form of late, but there’s half a chance that BRAVE HELIOS (best price 15/2) could provide the Adlestrop handler with some cheer if he can build on his performance over this course 37 days ago. Staying on well in the latter stages of a strongly run 2m contest won by subsequent winner Tara Flow, the son of High Chaparral intimated a return to a trip more in-keeping with his overall profile would not go amiss and given that he really started to kick into gear at a similar stage last season, there are more than a few reasons why he’s worth a roll of a dice this afternoon.
Brave Helios - 0.5pt e/w @ 15/2Lost -1pt

4.30 Ludlow

Although HILL FORT (best price 10/1) struggled to cope with the rise in class last time out at Leicester, he was by no means disgraced and there’s every chance he can come back with a decent counterpunch returning to the scene of his previous C&D win. Quite impressive when scoring by a wide margin in a similar race to today’s back in December, Matt Shepherd’s charge proved that he’s probably at his best when encountering a fairly easy two miles, and as the form of his latest outing has worked out a treat (Tara Flow, Eddiemaurice, Fair Loch and Prairie Town all run well since), he makes quite a bit of each-way appeal at his early quotes with four places on offer.
Hill Fort - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -1pt