MYSTIFIABLE (Best price 8-1) can already boast a course win at the Berkshire venue and could prove the answer to a tricky handicap. The selection represents a yard with their horses in great form at present and has only tackled fences on four occasions so is largely unexposed and was highly impressive when he won here earlier in the year on soft ground.
Royal Guardsman made all to win this 12 months ago and goes well fresh so could be overpriced in the morning markets, however BORN SURVIVOR (Best price 7-2) is biding time over hurdles given he looks a chaser in the making and it could be a tip that his connections have delayed tackling the bigger obstacles with him. The five-year-old looked like he would benefit for his seasonal reappearance at Aintree both mentally and physically and the time of the race suggested he is worth siding with in his company.
The Ffos Las mud put paid to the chances of TOMMY SILVER (Best price 6-1) on his comeback but he could be worth affording another chance here. We saw a horse win a Newbury novice chase in these colours yesterday which had disappointed on his comeback, so it is unwise to write horses off too quickly from an apparently subdued display. Yesterday’s times suggested conditions weren’t too deep and that should suit a horse that was only beaten 15 lengths in the Triumph Hurdle on decent ground.
Lightly-raced chasers have often held sway in today’s feature and David Pipe’s UN TEMPS POUR TOUT (Best price 10-1 five places), having just his sixth start over fences, fits that criteria as well as arriving at Newbury on the back of a recent run, a stat fulfilled by a predominate percentage of recent winners. The gelding’s finest moment last season was achieved in handicap company at the Cheltenham festival when he routed the likes of Holywell and The Young Master by seven and nine lengths respectively in what had appeared a fiercely competitive event beforehand. His ability to jump at speed as a novice in a 23-runner field was a tremendous attribute and will hopefully stand him in good stead today as he looks to reverse form with likely favourite Native River who picked off the selection close home in a strongly-run novices’ chase at this meeting 12 months ago.
Scottish National winner VICENTE (Best price 16-1 five places) is one to consider at a bigger price as he was three lengths too strong for Un Temps Pour Tout at Cheltenham last autumn, yet is incredibly 15lbs better off today. Paul Nicholls’ charge has a decent record fresh and clearly loves a war of attrition so can outrun his price.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus
Trainer Colin Tizzard has carried all before him in prestigious chases this season and ULTRAGOLD (Best price 8-1) could prove the answer to a difficult finale. A good winner over course and distance in the spring, the selection was outclassed in the Haldon Gold Cup last time and should appreciate the return to a flat track and better ground.
Both Wyfield Rose and Spirit Of Kayf are talented horses in their own right, but GET ON THE YAGER (Best price 4-5) looked a horse to keep on side when routing a decent field at Market Rasen on his first start of the season and is worth siding with. The form has already been boosted when the third home, beaten 25 lengths, won well at Towcester during the week and Dan Skelton’s horses continue in good nick as Knockgraffon proved yesterday.
APPLE’S JADE (Best price 5-2) was a shade disappointing behind Rashaan at Down royal (Petit Mouchoir 3rd and hampered a little) but that was her first run since winning at Punchestown in April and she could improve markedly for the outing. She has beaten Sceau Royal comfortably on both occasions they met as juveniles and, although the latter has improved dramatically this season, the selection could offer a little value against Alan King’s charge with the stiff track likely to suit her.
A step up to three miles could be the catalyst to a winning performance from BRISTOL DE MAI (Best price 5-1) who could be a decent bet with the benefit of a Carlisle outing behind him. He was brushed aside by Seeyouatmidnight that day, but looked rusty on that occasion and should be more switched on this time.
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