Sam Turner has two Sunday selections including a horse potentially en route to the Cheltenham festival.
Petite Jack (Wolverhampton, 3.00)
PETITE JACK is a on okay hurdler but a tremendous Flat horse on the all-weather at Lingfield and the expectation is that he will prove hard to beat on his first visit to Dunstall Park on Sunday.
The selection is clearly suited to the Polytrack surface but has run well on Tapeta on his only try at Newcastle three years ago when a battling runner up to Hamelin. He is currently in rude health, having won a Class 2 1m4f handicap at Lingfield on his penultimate start and posted a solid run last time when not quite at his best.
Today’s conditions are a bit of an unknown but he’s got some respectable all-weather speed figures in the book and looks worth a play in this “jumpers’ bumper”.
Thomas Darby (Fontwell, 3.20)
THOMAS DARBY is not a natural chaser judged on his two efforts last November but he is much better over hurdles and fancied to land this Grade 2 contest.
The seven-year-old may have been unlucky in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival as he finished lame when a brave second behind Klassical Dream. A lengthy break followed and, after two expensive flops over fences, returned to form with a vengeance back over the smaller obstacles in a Grade 3 handicap at Ascot last month.
Thomas Darby handled the deep conditions with aplomb and a win here should see him off to Prestbury Park again - this time with the Champion Hurdle an option for which he is currently 20-1 best price.
SAM TURNER'S TOP TIPS
Petite Jack (Wolverhampton, 3.00) ½ pt ew @ 12-1
Thomas Darby (Fontwell, 3.20) 2pt win @ 10-11