GONALSTON CLOUD (NAP)(best price 6/4), a prolific pointer, first sprung to prominence under rules when landing a handicap chase over this C&D two starts ago and proved that victory was no flash in the pan by following up a month later off his revised mark at Doncaster. On ground quicker than ideal, Nick Kent’s inmate was rather taken off his feet in the early stages on Town Moor, but staying on strongly in the final mile, he eventually went on to score in decisive fashion. The noticeable feature of that performance was the winning time and sectionals were better than the 138-rated novice Thomas Brown over the same trip, so it’s safe to say that the son of Cloudings could still have quite a bit up his sleeve even off a 14lb higher mark.
Gonalston Cloud - 2pts @ 13/8Won 3.25pts
Warren Greatrex is ticking over nicely this season with handy 24% strike rate and those stats looks set to improve with WARRANTOR(best price 11/2), as he bids to provide the Lambourn handler with another winner in this competitive-looking handicap chase. Slightly disappointing on chase debut when he jumped a little tentatively, the son of Turtle Island was much more self-assured on his next outing at Lingfield and that better technique allowed him to stay in the hunt and finally out-battled the game front runner, Jennys Surprise in the latter stages. As we saw with Out Sam last month, Greatrex has no hairs and graces when it comes to sending one up to this Yorkshire venue if he believes it’s the right race for his charge and if the seven-year-old can perform at maximum capacity, he has every chance of rewarding the long journey from down south.
Warrantor - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pts
ELYSIAN PRINCE(best price) made an encouraging comeback after a layoff over today’s C&D last time out and he might just turn out to be a little more competitive on this occasion if he can build on that performance. A previous winner over this course when trained by Paul Cole, new connections must have been delighted with how the son of Champs Elysees went throughout that race without been subjected to a hard race and that kindness shown that day can be rewarded in the best possible fashion with that all-important run under his belt.