No doubt connections will have been more focussed on today’s Scottish Grand National when CROSSHUE BOY (Ayr, 3.35) had a spin over hurdles at Wexford eight days ago.
Last spring, Crosshue Boy was enjoying a fine spell of form, winning four from five culminating impressively here in April in a valuable three-mile handicap chase. That victory was a big step up in his career and achieved in a decent time on his first visit to Ayr.
Yet to race over this marathon distance, he nonetheless travels and jumps slickly, is proven at this venue and has had what looks a shrewdly planned build up to this contest following a 99-day break after disappointing at Aintree in the Becher Handicap Chase in early December. He should now be at his peak and can make it a another memorable weekend for Irish chasers in the UK.
Crosshue Boy 1.5pt ew @ 9-1
STAR TERMS (Newbury, 2.10) has already shown a liking for the Berkshire venue by winning her maiden here last July, a performance which proved to be no fluke as she then followed up in a Newmarket nursery. Two more excellent efforts - in Doncaster’s Group 2 May Hill Stakes and, finally, at Longchamp in a Group 1 - wrapped up a fine season.
An expected big run this afternoon can see her 1,000 Guineas odds tumble from a current best price of 50-1.
Star Terms 1pt ew @ 8-1
EXEC CHIEF (Newbury, 3.15) heads my figures in a fierce renewal of the Spring Cup and arrives off the back of a big effort in the Spring Mile at Doncaster. He didn’t quite win but it was a fine try by the progressive selection who may have just needed the run on going possibly a bit too quick for his liking.
Exec Chief won three on the bounce last summer and will have easier going conditions today. I expect a big run.
Exec Chief 1pt ew @ 15-2
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