(best price 5/1)
won with more to spare than the official margin suggested at Fairyhouse last time and can follow up that smooth success with conditions to suit. Always travelling well in the hands of Denis Hogan, the son of Indian River settled the issue with a ready turn of foot in the closing stages and even though he’s been handed a 12lb rise in the ratings in return by the handicapper, that might not be sufficient to prevent the in-form five-year-old from repeating the dose.
Misdflight - 1pt e/w @ 5/1
The recent form figures of BOBS LADY TAMURE (best price 16/1)
clearly don’t inspire confidence, but she may not be the total lost cause her place in the market suggests now she races back under her optimum conditions. The last time Maurice Barnes’ mare turned up at today’s track on testing ground she absolutely bolted up and that wasn’t the first time she’d shown a liking for the Yorkshire venue. Although not one for maximum stakes given her current wellbeing, the daughter of Tamure is worth a token interest to see whether the return to her favourite sparks a revival.
Bobs Lady Tamure - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1
Some of the gloss has been taken off this Grade 1 prize with the late defections of Un De Sceaux and Simonsig, but that won’t bother the connections of VIBRATO VALTAT (best price 2/1)
one jot as he bids to rise even further up the ranks. A high class novice in his first campaign over fences, Paul Nichols’ charge began this season in the perfect possible way by taking the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, in turn, showing all the usual swagger that has been the feature of his performances since his wind-op. Winner of the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase on this card last season, the son of Voix Du Nord has that all-important course form next to his name and this looks a gilt-edged opportunity for him to put his Champion Chase aspirations firmly in the shop window.
Vibrato Valtat - 1pt @ 2/1
Ornate is bound to be a warm order being a 110-rated horse who was runner-up in the Group 2 Flying Childers last time out, but he may not find this the total pushover the market predicts up against the rapidly-improving QUATRIEME AMI (best price 4/1)
. Charlie McBride’s inmate arrives his right on top of his game courtesy of a couple of smooth victories, the latter of which was achieved from a potentially crippling draw over the C&D 22 days ago. Dropped out the back in the early stages by Danny Tudhope, the son of Equiano was set a huge task in the home straight, but finding a tremendous turn of foot in the dying strides, he ended up actually winning with a bit to spare. Looking at the final sectional times of that performance, it reveals that this smart two-year-old ran the last two furlongs in a remarkable 22.6 off the back of strong fractions and knowing that he potentially has that sort of speed in his locker is enough to put the wind up any punter considering taking 1/3 about the short-priced Haggas runner.
Quatrieme Ami - 2pts e/w @ 4/1