ROCKY’S TREASURE (Warwick, 1.50) has only been beaten once in five starts over fences this term (by Santini) and his ability to cope well with a sound surface and jump well at pace should stand him in good stead in the face of a tricky test here.
Trainer Kim Bailey toyed with running his exciting novice in the staying handicap later on the card but has wisely plumped for the novice event and I'm hoping the experience his likeable gelding has accrued in recent weeks can stand him in good stead over Warwick's tricky fences.
Rocky's Treasure 2pts win @ 6-4
Rockyʼs Treasure is part of GG's Tasty Treble for Saturday.
COGRY (Warwick, 3.00) was runner-up in this event 12 months ago to Milansbar and boasts bright prospects of going one better today if his efforts on the clock at Cheltenham this season are taken on trust.
The selection has been in top form this season and displayed great tenacity to win by a narrow margin at Prestbury Park in another strong figure last time. His stats with Sam Twiston-Davies aboard read 611812121261 and the unseasonably good ground holds no terrors for a horse which likes to race up with the pace and traditionally gives his all in this type of event.
Cogry 1pt ew @ 15/2
DASHING POET (Lingfield, 12.50) has recorded five of the top seven figures for the opening contest at the Surrey venue so hopes are high she should take a bit of beating in a race lacking a great deal of quality. Sweet Nature represents a live threat but Heather Main's five-year-old is in good heart at present and her rider was in great form at Lingfield on Friday.
Dashing Poet 1pt ew @ 15/8
The very lightly-raced eight-year-old made a return to action - and chasing bow - at Uttoxeter last month and jumped well in the main. He looks an out-and-out stayer judged on victory beyond three miles so did a decent job to stay on as he did over a trip way too short after having to take evasive action to avoid a faller.
Sunday’s distance looks the bare minimum but he’ll be straighter today and should go well with the champ booked.
Groundunderrepair 1pt win
He did run well just after Christmas but everything was happening too slow and late for the veteran. He is better than recent performances and blinkers could well instigate a revival.
Achill Road Boy 1pt win
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