2.10 Chelmsford

Newbury’s loss is the all-weather’s gain today with Chelmsford stepping into the breach to fulfil the Greenham fixture. One or two star players have sidestepped the gig but it remains a decent card and the switch to a synthetic surface should suit BATTALION (Best price 10-3). William Haggas’ stalwart has run to a pretty high level at Lingfield in the past couple of years and the step upto 12 furlongs could see him go close here, especially if allowed to dominate from the front.
Dartmouth, added to this race when the entries reopened, looks an intriguing rival for a yard which have started the season well.
Battalion - 1pt @ 10/3

2.25 Ayr

BRISTOL DE MAI (Best price Evens) was kept away from Aintree in preference for a tilt at this event and the patience can be rewarded. A fine second in the JLT behind Black Hercules, the Gloucestershire raider won’t mind if the rain arrives and his precise jumping should be well suited to this track.
Henryville stays well and, although a shade quirky, is undeniably talented so should be on the scene if it stays dry.
Bristol De Mai - 2pts @ 1/1

2.40 Chelmsford

MARENKO (Best price 7-2) was incredibly easy to back on her reappearance at Kempton but managed to win with the minimum of fuss, dismissing her three rivals with a degree of comfort after travelling strongly throughout. The market suggested she was short of peak condition for her return so, with that outing behind her and the fact she appeared to love the all-weather surface, she maybe a better proposition than Besharah with her fitness already confirmed.
Marenko - 1pt @ 7/2

3.00 Ayr

A tricky heat with any number fancied. Ivan Grozny hacked up at Aintree last weekend and, providing the travelling and exertions haven’t taken the edge off him, he should go well under a penalty. The layers haven’t taken any chances with him or stablemate Clondaw Warrior who won with something in hand at Fairyhouse and is clearly in good heart. The nicely handicapped duo SHREWD (Best price 9-1) and CH’TIBELLO (Best price 8-1) will have their fans and could be worth supporting each-way against the Mullins duo.
The latter wouldn’t want too much rain, but travels very strongly in his races and has deliberately been kept fresh for a spring campaign.
Shrewd arrives in good nick following a smooth AW win at Wolverhampton. He has made giant strides over hurdles this term and is worth playing.
Ch’Tibello - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1
Shrewd - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1

3.15 Chelmsford

Sadly, only three have stood their ground for the Greenham and, with the front two in the market returning after absences, it could be worth siding with KNIFE EDGE (Best price 6-1) to spring a mini surprise.
The selection has 10lb to find on official ratings, but he was an eye-catching winner on his debut at Ascot last term and should relish the chance to tackle an all-weather surface again after shaping with some promise at Kempton last time (1m).
Tasleet was kept busy last term and wound up his season with a fine run in a Newmarket Group 3 so rates the danger.
Knife Edge - 1pt @ 6/1

3.35 Ayr

SOLAR IMPULSE (Best price 10-3) reacted positively to the first-time blinkers to bolt up in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham and, if they have the same effect this time, he may take some beating with conditions to his liking. Upsilon Bleu represents an owner that always targets this meeting (winner yesterday) so his latest Kelso performance may not be representative of his current form. Newbury scorer Ultragold was only nudged up 4lb for scoring last time, while Always On The Run bids for a rapid hat-trick following two game Kempton wins which have earned him a 13lb rise.
Solar Impulse - 1pt @ 10/3

3.50 Chelmsford

This is another race which has changed complexion since the entries were reopened and the decision of Godolphin to add POWER GAME (Best price 6-4) could be vindicated. The selection is building an impressive record on the synthetic surfaces and could be the answer to a tricky puzzle. He boasts course form and stays further so could be tough to repel if ridden close to the speed.
Gabrial’s Kaka is a regular in this type of race and may prove the chief danger.
Power Game - 1pt @ 6/4

4.10 Ayr - Scottish Grand National

Recent runnings of the Coral Scottish Grand National have been dominated by those contenders with a low weight with the likes of Wayward Prince, Al Co, Merigo and Beshabar all carrying less than 11 stones to victory in the prestigious marathon in recent years. However, it is possible for the classier horses to win today’s feature with Godsmejudge, Grey Abbey, Gingembre and Young Kenny proving weight is no barrier to success and FINE RIGHTLY (Best price 28-1) can strengthen that view.
The Co Antrim stable of Stuart Crawford has enjoyed some handsome forays to the west coast of Scotland and his thoroughly likeable son of Alflora should give supporters an exhilarating run for their money today. The selection is normally ridden pretty handily which can be a vital component for winners of today’s event given a large percentage of winners since the turn of the year raced close to the pace or made the running.
Indeed, a strong gallop is vital for Fine Rightly who can often race a shade too keenly, a characteristic which encouraged his shrewd handler to employ a hood. Since the hood has been utilised, Fine Rightly’s form figures read 221114311 and he even managed to finish third in the Irish Gold Cup behind Carlingford Lough in February where he was ridden a shade more conservatively to finish in the money.
Crawford’s charge is certainly no stranger to the west coast air either, having run seven times at today’s venue, winning on three occasions and a year ago he beat non-other than Rule The World in a Naas Grade 3 chase.
There are some talented novices in opposition with Measureofmydreams, third in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham festival, and RSA Chase fifth Vyta Du Roc and the forcibly-ridden SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT (7th) clear dangers. All three look intriguing contenders, but it could be worth supporting the latter to enjoy the easier conditions at Ayr more than he did at Cheltenham.
Trainer Sandy Thomson has his string in fine form at present and has reportedly undertaken some remedial work regarding the eight-year-old's jumping technique which saw him a little low at some fences at the festival.
Fine Rightly - 0.5pts e/w @ 28/1
Seeyouatmidnight - 0.5pts e/w @ 18/1