Brian Ellison has his team in excellent heart at present and in the shape of GENERAL MAHLER(best price 5/2), the Norton handler has a decent chance of adding to the three winners he picked up at Newcastle at the weekend. Although the son of Mahler was put in his place last time out at Musselburgh, he was up against two very useful types in the shape of Jetstream Jack and Blue Rambler and with the winner likely to be a leading contender in one of the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, it just puts into perspective what kind of horse he was up against at the Scottish venue. Despite being beaten the best part of 20 lengths, he did, however, indicate he’s more than capable of going close in a modest northern maiden hurdle and that should turn out to be the case looking at the overall standard of the opposition.
General Mahler - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
After so many near misses, BLUE BOUNTY(best price 7/2) finally got off the mark at the 22nd time of asking over today’s C&D last time out and like the good old London bus adage, one win could easily be following by another. Since being switched to the minimum trip, Mark Tompkins’ inmate has posted two of the best performances of his career and as he appeared to be particularly well suited to the helter-skelter nature of the Surrey venue’s sharp 5f, there’s every chance he can add to those fine displays. Added to the list of positives, the son of Bahamian Bounty has been handed the perfect inside draw to allow him to slide to the front and save ground around the inner and given that he was also quite strong down the lane when push came to shove 10 days ago, he may well take some pegging back once again.