Tony Elves has three strong fancies from around the tracks on Saturday.
Suggested as a possible Lincoln winner after boasting some smart form for Andre Fabre in France, LORD OF THE LAND has taken a little time to discover the winning thread for new connections but is fancied to complete a hat trick in the Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield (12.50).
The David O’Meara-trained five-year-old notched his first success for his new handler when beating Dhahmaan a length and a quarter in a six furlong conditions event at Kempton at the beginning of last month and was always travelling smoothly in the lead when scoring by two lengths from stablemate Alfred Hutchinson over seven furlongs here later in the month.
Lord Of The Land gave every indication that he has plenty more to offer on the occasion and the form was given a boost when the third Oh This Is Us won a competitive handicap on the final day of the Flat turf season at Doncaster last Saturday. Lord Of The Land is fancied to develop into a Group winning performer and he looks worth a 3pt investment on his return to the course.
At Wetherby, LA BAGUE AU ROI is fancied to come out on top from Whatduhavtogey in what looks a straight shoot-out for the Sixt Rent A Car Mares Novices Hurdle (12.20).
The Warren Greatrex-trained mare won her first three bumpers in great style before flopping in the Grade 2 Mares bumper at Aintree in April but made the perfect start to her hurdling career when making all for a seven length victory from Cajun Fiddle over two miles at Uttoxeter 15 days ago. La Bague Au Roi could take top order in her division this season and she can take this stepping stone in her stride. She looks worth a 2pt investment.
The fare at Cheltenham looks either short of price or ultra competitive but I can’t help but think that Frodon cannot be out the first three in the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2.25).
The Jonjo O’Neill-trained More Of That could well be a handicap blot but he returns after breaking a blood vessel in the RSA Chase last March and, although a top class performer at his best, the form of the stable is questionable to say the least.
On the other hand we know that FRODON is in a rich vein of form and, although the outsider of the three in what looked a very competitive novice event at Wincanton a week ago, he was travelling like the winner from someway out when coming home alone in an event where Shantou Village fell at the last when looking held and Virgilio was pulled up. Frodon's jumping in his three unbeaten races over fences has been a joy to watch and, off only 10st 11lb, he looks worth a 1pt each-way bet.