Nick Alexander's charge looks a rock-solid bet to strike in the novices' hurdle at Wetherby.
In what looks a three-horse dual on all known form, LAKE VIEW LAD (NAP) (best price 11/8)
is strongly fancied to follow up his recent Ayr victory and defy his penalty. Nick Alexander’s inmate would have got off the mark over hurdles the time before but for tripping over his own feet after seemingly jumping the last cleanly at the same track, so it was nice to see him dust himself down and win in the style of a horse that had suffered no ill effects from that tumble on his return visit 17 days later. A strong traveller who can quicken well out of testing ground, conditions look ideal for him to see off southern raider Walking In The Air, who might just require better ground to be at his best over this sort of trip.
Lake View Lad - 2pts @ 11/8Won 4.75pts
Ben Pauling has enjoyed a ground-breaking season with many notable successes and in the shape of SILVERGROVE (best price 3/1)
, the Gloucestershire handler looks a have another fine chance of adding to an already impressive tally. Formerly with Richard Woollacott, the son of Old Vic gave out a clear signal that the switch in stables had clearly done him the world of good when turning in a notable performance first time off the shelf for his new barn at Sandown back in early December. Looking in command after leading his rivals a merry dance at the Esher track, unfortunately disaster struck after jumping the second last when the rider’s stirrup leather broke causing him to part company with his mount on the run-in. Deservedly, compensation awaited when the eight-year-old jumped and galloped his rivals into submission in the Mandarin Chase at Newbury last time out and that exuberant run-style should be seen to good effect around a track that often rewards runners with a sound technique.
Silvergrove - 1pt @ 3/1Won 3pts
Only Stevie Wonder would have failed to notice the performance of ENZANI (best price 7/2)
over this course last week and he looks to have very persuasive claims now returning to a more suitable trip. Clearly a little ring-rusty after his 400-day layoff, John McConnell’s found himself at the back of the field with a mountain to climb as the runners swung for home, but charging home in the latter stages under fairly tender ride, he amazingly snatched fourth behind the eventual winner, Wither Hills. A winner over this C&D back in November 2014, tonight’s extra two furlongs to cover should suit this lightly-raced Cape Cross gelding and it’s hard to imagine him not running a big race on the evidence of last week’s display.
Enzani - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Lost -2pts