The jumps season is starting to pick up pace with Chepstow’s 2 day meeting taking place yesterday and today, and there is also some good racing at Newmarket today.
Here are today’s racing selections
Potterman (2.47) @ 5/1
Trainer Alan King has made a good start to this NH season, and he has already managed to win with this 7 year old this season at Market Rasen. He gets a 5lb penalty for that success here, but he looked to still have quite a bit in hand that day so that shouldn’t be an issue.
There are a few interesting horses in opposition here – such as Secret Investor – but I fancy this gelding’s chances of following up his win LTO under similar race conditions.
Tea Clipper (3.57) @ 6/1
Tom Lacey has always had a high opinion of this son of Stowaway, and he looks to further enhance his fine record over hurdles today. He has been in fine form in his sole bumper and over hurdles so far with form figures of 11112, and I see no reason why he won’t continue that fine form today.
His trainer says that he doesn’t want the ground too soft, so today’s good ground should be ideal for him.
Mont Des Avaloirs (4.32) @ 3/1
This 7 year old is another horse that is held in high regard by his trainer. He has run some good races in defeat over fences, including 2 good 2nd placed finishes on his last 2 runs.
His trainer Paul Nicholls has made a very good start to this NH season, and the stable’s number 1 jockey Harry Cobden is onboard this gelding today. I think this 7 year old can gain his first success over fences today.
Scardino (4.11) @ 11/2
These early season bumpers are tricky to judge, with lots of well bred unraced horses entered for top trainers. This 4 year old cost €56,000 and is trained by Harry Whittington.
He has a nice pedigree including some good French winners, and I think he could be hugely involved here at a decent price.
Highest Ground (4.50) @ 2/1
This 3 year old colt was well fancied in this year’s Dante, but was collared late on by Thunderous. I think the jockey went for home too early that day, and he can benefit from being delivered later on with his challenge here today.
Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle today, and he has won on this son of Frankel twice before at Leicester and Haydock. I think the combination can get back to winning ways here today.