GLENDINE RIVER (best price 13-2) had very little chance of cutting much ice on her last two starts given the opposition she found herself against and she’s better judged on her two previous performances at today’s track. A winner of a Flat race on day-one of the festival back here in August, Dermot O’Brien’s charge proved her wellbeing and liking for this sharp track by following up in a maiden hurdle 24 hours later. Back to the scene of those fine efforts on her favoured good ground, the daughter of Urban Ocean can make her presence felt at a tidy price.
SATANIC BEAT best price 7-1) did precious little wrong at Warwick last week, he just had the misfortune to bump into an upwardly mobile improver from the summer jumping season in the shape of Barman. That performance at the Midland venue, however, suggests Phil Middleton’s inmate continues right on top of his game, and with the cheekpieces on, tongue-tie off combination in evidence again, the son of Dark Angel should be capable of going close.
The fly in the ointment might well turn out to be BOBBLE EMERALD (best price 11-1) given the way he scored at Ludlow yesterday and he has to be worth a small saver just in case connections let their charge go again 24 hours on. The way he cruised around and quickened away from his toiling rivals at the Shropshire track suggests he’s a horse to keep on side at present and providing the effects of that race haven’t left a mark, the Rudimentary gelding looks a big player.
RUN TO THE HILLS (NAP) (best price 7-2), a late withdrawal in a much better race at Ascot last week, looks to have every chance of providing his in-form handler with another winner. Placed on each of his three starts on the all-weather, George Peckham’s inmate got his just rewards for those consistent efforts with a cosy success at Thirsk last time out and given that the soft ground may have been a slight worry going into that contest, the performance was even more commendable. Now we know he handles plenty of give underfoot, the son of Quality Road can be backed with plenty of confidence on such a surface and with a likely strong pace on the cards, his good cruising speed and ability to see out the trip should ensure he’s right in the thick of the action.Bet £10 get £20