12.30 – Keep it in the Family
, a bumper winner at Cartmel
on October 17, makes her hurdling debut in the opener. She was probably unlucky not to win a second bumper when just touched off having jinked and lost ground near the finish. A clear round of jumping will give her a good chance with the Richards stable in form.
1.05– Blaker to Rigg it
returns to action following a six months break and wind surgery. He showed ability when second in a debut bumper in 16 and more recently at Doncaster
on January 18 when he finished runner-up; beaten by a length in a novice chase. I hope the wind op and break have a positive effect and allow my horse to get competitive.
There is no doubt that this will be an open race; Instingtive,
just beaten at Carlisle
16 days ago, looks the main danger.
1.40– From Russia with Love
, a winner of two hurdles and two chases had his last success on April 16, has raced well on many occasions since without a victory. He needs things to go his way and hopefully the cheekpieces will sharpen him up.
who beat my horse at Wetherby
17 days ago, goes well for claimer Liam Quinlan and likes the track.
2.15– Elusive Performance for the Theatre
was in excellent form at the start of the year with a win in January followed by three placed efforts. She is small and robust and tries hard. After returning from a six months break, I hope this will add to her four wins under rules.
2.50– Sparking the Flame of Victory
Raise A Spark
, with six wins under rules, including two chases at Cartmel
didn’t see out the two and a half mile trip last day at Perth
. He is back in the distance today and should have an excellent chance. I won on Pistol Park in April while Ontopoftheworld ran up a hat trick recently. A very even contest but my horse should edge it.
3.25 – Tax Man Always Wins
, a four-time winner on the flat had his second hurdles success at Kelso in February. He had a comeback run on the flat here in September finishing third beaten under eight lengths. He comes from the in-form Dalgleish yard and should run well with conditions to suit.
I am looking forward to the ride with Le Patriote
, a winner for me at Ascot in February possibly the main danger.
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