Steve Ryder is back with three selections for today's racing.
Both Daany and Bobby Joe Leg are “well in” at the weights in this race but instead, preference goes to the Robyn Brisland trained COOLAGH MAGIC (best priced at 13/2) who won on his stable debut last time. The five-year-old joined his new stable having lost his way in 2020 for the Seb Spencer yard and made a winning return at Lingfield on his first start for 316 days.
Coolagh Magic landed a gamble that day having been backed into 15/8 favourite and he should hold strong claims off only 3lb higher. He had previously been rated as high as 81 in 2019 when trained by Richard Fahey so he still looks incredibly well handicapped off a mark of 57 and I expect Coolagh Magic to run well with four places available with a few bookmakers.
The Martin Keighley trained BRORSON (best priced at 5/2) was well backed into favouritism for a competitive race at Cheltenham on his handicap debut but was unfortunately outpaced over the 2-mile trip. The five-year-old looked to be crying out for this step up in trip to nearly 2m4f having stayed on from miles back to finish a never nearer 7th at the finish when only beaten 4 ½ lengths.
Brorson ran well in two bumpers at Southwell behind Nicky Henderson trained favourites before finishing 3rd at Bangor on his hurdling debut following 148 days off the track. The winner hasn’t run since but the 2nd Stream Of Stars won a maiden hurdle by 5 ½ lengths on his latest start and the 4th Unexpected Party won by 8 lengths on his next start and is now rated 124 so it looks a strong piece of form. Following that run, Brorson was only beaten ¾ length by the Gordon Elliott trained Top Bandit at Cheltenham over 2 miles and that rival has won his next two starts including a rated novice hurdle by four lengths on his latest start which has meant he is now rated 135.
Brorson remains unchanged from his mark of 117 so he looks extremely well handicapped still and he should prove hard to beat dropping from a 0-125 handicap at Cheltenham into a 0-120 handicap at Lingfield.
The form of BROUGHTONS FLARE (best priced at 10/3) could receive a substantial form boost from Daany in the 3:10 and I feel the Mark Loughnane trained gelding should prove hard to beat in this race. The five-year-old won over this course and distance in October off a mark of 51 and now races here off only 1lb higher. Furthermore, he is now ridden by Cameron Hillhouse who claims 5lb off his back who rode him well to finish 2nd at Lingfield only eight days ago.
Broughtons Flare was only beaten 2 ¼ lengths that day despite suffering interference rounding the bend and he actually runs here 1lb “well in” at the weights here off a mark of 52. He is well drawn to get a good position from Stall 4 and I expect a bold run from him in this race.