13.50 Uttoxeter

Evan William’s HOLDBACKTHERIVER (best price 13-2) looks a cracking each-way prospect if he can transfer January’s Bangor chase win back to hurdles. He’s finally found a distance that works for him, and shouldn’t be too concerned by the ground. Holdbacktheriver and Gettyburg Address finished well ahead of the field at Bangor, plenty of positives can be taken from that run. 

Holdbacktheriver - 1pt e/w @ 13/2

14.05 Kempton

I’m taking on the few at the top of the market with HOLRYALE (best price 12-1). Dan Skelton’s seven year old had a bit of a stinker last time out, and I’m putting a line through that. He had a wind op in December, but before that was in pretty decent form. He’s ran well on similar ground in the past so that shouldn’t be problem. Taking a bit of a risk, but the 12/1 offers a bit of value. 

Holryale - 0.5pts @ 12/1

14.25 Uttoxeter

I think DE RASHER COUNTER (best price 4-1)  has more to offer and is a worthy favourite for this one. He won a pretty useful race at Newbury at the back end of last year, and then came second to Now McGinty who was well backed at Cheltenham. Emma Lavelle has a poor Uttoxeter record, but De Rasher Counter can hopefully turn this round. 

De Rasher Counter - 1pt @ 4/1

14.40 Kempton

Honest Vic’s (best price 6-1) form has been boosted of late, the six year-old was last seen at Ascot losing to Brio Conti, who finished a close 4th in the Coral Cup. In that race at Ascot, Ballyandy and Malaya finished behind Honet Vic who have both since gone on to impress. He’s got decent form in these conditions, finishing behind Burrows Park at Ludlow in similar conditions. 

Honest Vic - 1.5pts e/w @ 3/1

15.00 Uttoxeter

BOLD PLAN (best price 13-2) is another horse who has their form franked of late. Southfield Stone finished second to Bold Plan at Taunton, and has since gone onto win at Kempton, beating Angels Breath. Evan Williams’ horse has done his best work on his softer ground, he’s a massive each-way player here. 

Bold Plan - 1pt e/w @ 13/2

15.15 Kempton

KAYF BLANCO (best price 13-2) is pretty much guaranteed to put in a good run and I’ll be shocked if the 10 year-old isn’t among the places. A 3lb rise will mean he needs to produce more in a much better race, but that’s not beyond Graeme McPherson’s horse. It’s tricky to take much out of the form of the last two runs, as he’s won by a combined 50 lengths. 

Kayf Blanco - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2

15.35 Uttoxeter

MS PARFOIS (best price 7-1) was disappointing on re-appearance, finishing 6th , however if he can produce last seasons form she’s a cracking chance. She did all her best work on soft ground last season, which included a second place finish to the impressive Rathvinden over four miles.  

RAZ DE MAREE'S (best price 16-1) a seasoned campaigner, and one who normally gives you a run for your money. Gavin Cromwell’s horse performs well with a bit of cut under foot, and will relish the stamina test at Uttoxeter. 

Ms Parfois - 1pt e/w @ 7/1
Raz De Maree - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1