CROSSPARK (Leicester, nap, 2.45) has been up against it in decent company of late but can appreciate Thursday’s ease in class and is fancied to make it back-to-back victories in Leicester’s two and a half mile handicap chase.
Caroline Bailey’s eight-year-old is lighlty-raced and has run just four times since taking this contest in 2017. That win was recorded in a decent time considering the state of the ground and prompted connections to aim higher. However, upped to Class 2 level next time he could only stay on at the one pace but still posted a respectable third place behind the progressive American.
Put away after that, the selection returned to action in November with a promising effort, disappointingly pulled up next time but ran well in a £43,000 Warwick marathon a month ago, just tiring late on over the very testing three miles and five furlongs. Up until the third last he was looking good, so should again appreciate today’s big drop back in distance.
Proven over the trip and with testing conditions a given, punters can be hopeful of a big run.
SPARE PARTS (Chelmsford, 7.30) had a remarkable January with four wins in just two weeks before the hectic schedule took its toll. Given the luxury of a three-week break after, the winning machine was back in the groove on Saturday to record a career-best victory up in class and over course and distance.
Up a level again tonight, the progressive four-year-old is fancied to make the grade.
VOLTURNUS (Chelmsford, nb, 9.00) should be a warm order in the finale after easily landing a gamble at the Essex venue last week. Cheekpieces were applied for the first time and the result was emphatic. A 6lb penalty can be shrugged off.
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