Anthony Honeyball’s five-year-old is a three-time national hunt flat race winner, including at Cheltenham in a Listed £14,000 contest and was sent off as favourite in the festival equivalent last year. That didn’t quite work out as he ran into an impressive Willie Mullins 1-2-3 and had to settle for fourth. Surprisingly beaten twice at odds on since over hurdles, he was forced to dig deep at Plumpton last time but that was over 2m and he could step forward again presented with more of a stamina examination.
Saturday’s test should suit ideally.
Acey Milan 1pt ew @ 7/2
The selection galloped on remorselessly to win at Carlisle following a 57-day break after a series of solid runs and will love the conditions.
He looks a useful acquisition for Sue Smith and enticing at around 10-1.
Lough Derg Farmer 1pt ew @ 9-1
He wasn’t knocked about that day, but finished his race off well and could be poised to strike for an owner who has enjoyed a great week at Cheltenham.
Onefortheroadtom 1pt win @ 5-2
The winner of an Irish point-to-point last spring travelled really well under Danny Cook and took up the running heading to the last before moving clear. It was a confident performance, backed up by a decent time for the rain-softened conditions.
Hill Sixteen 1pt win
INSTINGTIVE (Carlisle, 4.25) is another course and distance winner and a regular at the Cumbrian venue. Out of luck since that victory just over a year ago, he nonetheless has been performing with credit including posting a narrow defeat here in December.
The selection plodded on behind ready winner Never Up over two and a half miles last time and now drops back to his winning distance. He’ll not mind any extra rain, has some solid track figures in the book and has been dropped 4lb. That should do the trick.
Instingtive 1pt win
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