1.50 Cheltenham

YES I DID (best price 14/1) has had an extremely productive season for connections and Dan Skelton’s charge looks set to odd some more units into the plus column now back on her favoured surface. Strongly fancied to gain some more valuable black type at Doncaster last time out, the conditions deteriorated to such a degree that the daughter of Craigsteel was unable to run anywhere to her capabilities and she could only manage a well-beaten fourth behind The Organist. Prior to that she’s been impressive with victories at Catterick and Sedgefield on a less exacting surface and available to back at double the price of her old adversary, the six-year-old rates the value each-way call at her double-figure quotes.
YES I DID - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost -1pts

2.25 Cheltenham

Decent ground is very much the key to BON CHIC (best price 3/1), so with conditions continuing to dry out all the time at Prestbury Park, Dan Skelton’s inmate has every chance of emulating Pumped Up Kicks, who landed this race last season for the same trainer. The daughter of Presenting jumped with minimum of economy when landing the odds at Fakenham last time out and while that form amounts to very little, the performance when runner-up to subsequent JLT Chase second Bristol De Mai the time before most certainly does.
BON CHIC - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pts

4.10 Cheltenham

Dan Skelton’s horses are simply running out of their skin at present, so it makes sense to stay with his runners until the season ends and LONG HOUSE HALL (best price 11/4) needs no encouragement to back following his excellent effort when runner-up in the Coral Cup here several weeks ago. Travelling in his customary easy fashion throughout, he was poised to make his challenge on the run down to the last, but just when the winner, Diamond King, saw daylight, the son of Saddler’s Hall got boxed in at that crucial stage. Once out in the clear, the eight-year-old powered up the run-in to suggest he may have prevailed with a smother passage and having scored at this meeting last year under similar conditions, he looks to have every chance of repeating the dose.

Of those at a bigger price, GOODBYE DANCER (best price 16/1) makes plenty appeal following an eye-catching effort in a similar contest at Kempton on his latest outing. Staying on strongly from an unpromising position rounding the home bend, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge did well to sneak into the money when all appeared lost and that performance, along with plenty of others previously on good ground, suggests that he’s capable of putting up a bold display in this sort of company when everything is in his favour.
LONG HOUSE HALL - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pts
GOODBYE DANCER - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pts

4.20 Ripon

Rookie trainer George Scott has already proved he clearly knows the time of day with just a relatively small sample size, and in the shape of DOMINATE (best price 6/1), the Newmarket handler has a fine chance of turning around the fortunes of a horse that may just benefit from his undoubted skills and a change in scenery. Showing plenty of useful form when in the care of Richard Hannon, the son of Assertive has dropped down in the ratings following several modest performances towards the backend of last season and, as a result, he finds himself off a potentially lenient mark. Although most of his best form has derived from 6f, he has gone well enough over the minimum trip to suggest he should at least be competitive in this sort of company and being drawn next to the speedy front runner, Noodles Blue Boy, he should get the perfect tow through up the nearside fence before making his challenge inside the final furlong.
DOMINATE - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.1pts