Andy bids to get the week off to a winning start with three bets, including a 2pt nap.
Described as “a lovely addition to the team” by Paul Nicholls in a recent stable tour interview, JESSBER’S DREAM (NAP) best price 7-4) is fancied to get off the mark at the first time of asking for new connections. A smart mare when in the care of Harry Fry last season, the daughter of Milan had the distinction of never finishing out of the first two in her six outings over hurdles, the highlight of which came when she landed a Grade 2 mares only affair at Sandown back in February. Rounding off her season with another notable effort in a Grade 1 at Punchestown, hopefully the six-year-old will be somewhere near her best after her 239-day break and likely to be more at home under the testing conditions than most, she can stamp her authority over today’s rivals.
There should be no shortage of pace on here with the likes of Owen Na View, Walden Prince and Tornado In Milan in the line-up, so with that in mind, the race should tee up nicely for course specialist NOCHE DE REYES (best price 2-1). Strongly fancied to capture this race last year, unfortunately Tom George’s charge ruined any chance he had when blundering badly at the first, but other than that untimely incident, his form figures over today’s C&D read 12112. Although off a career-high mark now thanks to a creditable runner-up slot behind Quite By Chance at Ascot last time out, he has enough progression to cope with his new perch and with his stable continuing their golden run of form, it makes sense to side with the son of Early March despite slight concerns over underfoot conditions.
BOSHAM (best price 12-1) has proved to be a bit of an Oxo horse on the turf of late, but he’s a totally different proposition at today’s venue and with a clean break he can easily outrun his morning odds. On his last visit to the Essex venue back in March, Mick Easterby’s charge made all for a comfortable success over a useful field of sprinters, and that victory took his C&D stats to an incredible 13111. Clearly, the son of Shamardal is heavily reliant on a fast start and an uncontested lead, but if he does hit the lids and buy himself some clear water in the early stages, he can, as he’s done so often in the past, prove a very difficult horse to peg back once he’s got up a head of steam.