Like Soll in the Becher. I fancied him for the National and he travelled well but broke a blood vessel and perhaps the thorough test just found him out. He handled the fences though and is still feasibly treated back over this sort of trip on just his 5th start for David Pipe. The yard are in better nick now than when we last saw him and I like the blinkers are back on. They ensured a fair bit of improvement at Newbury and he’s a much stronger traveller in them. He’ll have company up top but that doesn’t tend to inconvenience him when on song and I fancy he’ll go well.
As for the Sefton, I’m particularly keen on Art Of Logistics and Bennys Mist. They both ran in the Topham where the former came off better for all the latter didn’t make it round. Bennys Mist is well treated, likes it here and should go well but I’m surprised there’s so much between them in the betting. Art Of Logistics was travelling well in the race before twice meeting trouble 3 out and that really hampered his momentum. He was always a little too far back to be fair and that’s something that could inconvenience him here but Bryan Cooper has a good record on him and is back on top. Cheekpieces return too, a bit of a mute point given they’ve not exactly worked the oracle in the past but he’s 4lb lower than for the Topham and overpriced.
Over at Sandown it’s a disappointing Tingle Creek now without Simonsig, let alone Un De Sceaux. I have a niggling thought that Josses Hill will fare better as a chaser this year, particularly over 2 miles granted a strong pace but this is probably beyond him, for all it’s a weak renewal. Special Tiara looks the best bet at the prices. Elsewhere on the card, Vicenzo Mio must have a super chance off 129. He was sent off favourite after almost 2 years off last time, here over 2 and half, and was found out late on after travelling eye-catchingly well. His trainer described him as a 'big, gross type who will improve for the run' and he’s very well treated on old form in and around the likes of Art Mauresque, Commissioned and Ballyglasheen, amongst others. The drop in trip should suit given his run last time and he’s in the Ladbroke Hurdle which may well be the target after this. He’d likely need to win to get in.
Bertie Boru looked a horse for one of the regional National’s last year but perhaps found 4 miles 2 a little too much at Uttoxeter. He’s 3lb lower than when chasing home Unioniste here over 3 miles though and this trip may be about right for now. Stamina won him the race at Newbury prior to that Sandown run and he’s just 3lb higher now. There’s pace on too, which he’ll likely need given his hold up style and he should come on for his reappearance last month.