Sam Turner has all the best bets from this afternoon's live CH4 action at Uttoxeter and Kempton.
Neil King boasts a good record when returning horses back to the track quickly so FORT CARSON
could be the one to side with in a tricky handicap. He has improved on each of his two starts for new connections since joining King from Ireland and narrowly gains the nod ahead of Northandsouth and Perceus.
Favourite Midtech Valentine bolted up last week but the time was modest and it could be that he was just found an awful race.
Fort Carson - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1
The drop to 2m and the employment of forcing tactics seemed to suit ALWAYS ON THE RUN
nicely last time and he is taken to follow up his course and distance victory.
Sirabad goes back over fences after a modest hurdles effort at Ascot and could be dangerous along with Purple ‘N Gold who underwent a recent pipe opener on the flat.
Always On The Run - 1pt @ 11/4
are both very effective at this venue and should give a good account. The former is 2-2 here and could find further progression now he steps up to 3m for the first time. Blameitalonmyroots beat subsequent winner Streets Of Promise here last time and remains a nicely handicapped chaser.
Smooth Stepper is another to consider given he faced an impossible task at Newcastle when beaten by Seeyouatmidnight.
April Dusk - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
Blameitonmyroots - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
This pretty much resembles a warm Cheltenham handicap and serves as a consolation for those balloted out of their primary engagements this week. A Hare Breath missed a festival date and looks a likely candidate for this after winning over C&D by 10l last time, but MIGHT BITE
is narrowly preferred with connections aborting a chasing campaign in preference for a tilt at some hurdling events in the spring. The selection looked classy on occasions last spring and can defy top weight for a yard that invariably enjoy success at this venue when the ground dries.
, who sports the headgear for the first time, is clearly very much of interest as well given his Fairyhouse form has worked out well. He is worth a saver granted the form of his yard this week.
Might Bite - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
won’t be allowed to hang about here as he looks at his best when in front and allowed to dominate as he managed at Fontwell last time. His previous effort when fourth to Yanworth at Cheltenham reads well and he could still be fairly treated.
The Philip Hobbs-duo Rolling Dylan and BRAAVOS
catch the eye too, while Champagne At Tara is a threat after a decent run behind Agrapart at Newbury in the Betfair Hurdle.
Braavos looks extremely well handicapped on a mark of 120 even if he was raised 7lb for a workmanlike Exeter win last time. He was previously swept aside by Agrapart at Aintree but subsequent events tell us he faced a hopeless last that day.
Chef D'Oeuvre - 1pt @ 9/2
Braavos - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
and Atirelarigo look two young, progressive and arguably well-handicapped chasers to consider in a race which features one or two disappointing types. The former finished alone at Fontwell when scoring but his handler felt he remained well treated off 132 so the decision to miss Cheltenham could be a pointer. A UK debut over hurdles five weeks ago should have sharpened up Atirelarigo who has jumped around Auteuil a few times before joining his current yard.
Orbasa - 1pt @ 7/2
Trainer David Pipe has been the go-to man for the winner of the Betfred Midlands Grand National in recent years and STANDING OVATION
may prove the pick of his two representatives today. The Nicholshayne handler also saddles top-weight Katkeau in this afternoon’s marathon, but only subsequent Gold Cup winner Synchronised has managed to carry more than 11 stone this century and his supposed second string could be the one to side with.
It may be significant Standing Ovation missed a date with the Cheltenham festival in reference for a tilt at this race as he ran at the last two renewals and the yard’s runners have acquitted themselves brilliantly in handicap chases this week.
A five-month absence from the track could also be by design as the nine-year-old will have missed all of the deep winter ground and, as a son of Presenting, the prospect of a sounder surface should be welcome.
Fitness is rarely an issue with a Pipe runner and, although the extended four-mile trip is a step into the unknown, it is a chance worth taking given the morning price about his chance.
The likeable Milansbar has looked a candidate for a race of this nature for some time and is very much respected, but SIZING COAL
represents a yard which won this event with Goonyella and he enjoyed a spin over hurdles to preserve his chase rating last time so could be worth a saver.
Standing Ovation - 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1
Sizing Coal - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1