All looks Well with Refreshed
Man On The Spot previews Saturday's televised racing action from Newbury and Chepstow.
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Shaking Hands stopped quickly and was pulled up at Ffos Las 12 days ago but that was his first run since February and better is expected here. Denali Highway's second to No Planning at Wetherby was a decent comeback effort and he's only a pound higher here. Caroline Bailey's gelding is only a six-year-old but he's never gone this far before. JAUNTY JOURNEY ran poorly at Haydock last month but is much better than that and will get through this heavy ground better than most. Receiving weight all round, he gets a tentative vote as Howard's Legacy is unreliable and Restless Harry appears to have lost his way. Financial Climate looks a couple of pounds too high but is still preferred to Faultless Feelings of the others.
Moorlands Mist galloped on strongly to beat Brackloon High by nine lengths over course and distance three weeks ago with Lookout Mountain fourth and UGLY BUG sixth. But the latter was making his seasonal reappearance that day and ran very well until lack of condition told up the home straight. Twice a winner on heavy going, he was trying to give Seventh Sign 12lb when beaten by Alan King's charge over a shorter trip here in the spring and can also turn that form around today. Awaywiththegreys has looked to be in the handicapper's grip for a while and the ground may be too heavy for Makethe Mostofnow. Pure Science will need to improve his jumping if he's going to make a hurdler.
Captain Cutter has untapped potential and is being brought along quietly. He's unbeaten in two runs against minor opposition but a big improvement is needed if he is to complete his hat-trick in this grade. We like the way CREEPY kept finding more when asked to beat Persian War winner Timesremembered in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham six weeks ago. Martin Keighley's charge looks the one here with Oscar Rock having failed to match the speed of Ballyalton at Newcastle last time. Kaki De La Pree reverts to novice company having won a Carlisle handicap last time and may be found wanting while Shantou Magic's form wouldn't be normally good enough to win a Grade 1.
A disappointing turnout for a Grade 1, which has rather lost its glitter in recent years. Solar Impulse has his first run since June and his form in France was nothing special. Le Rocher was soon back-pedalling in this grade at Auteuil last month while Kentucky Hyden, yet another from across the Channel, was beaten by a 33/1 chance at Cheltenham two weeks ago. Violet Dancer has done nothing wrong at Plumpton or Sandown but whether he'll handle the big step up in class is anybody's guess. CHOCALA looked the likely winner approaching the last on his hurdling debut at Newbury but got left behind on the run-in. However, he had a subsequent scorer trailing in his wake and should have learned from the experience. Alan King's charge is taken to recoup losses.
A typically competitive renewal of this Grade 3 handicap but Tidal Bay's inclusion means that a number of these will be forced to carry more than their allotted weight. Paul Nicholls' 12-year-old is a very classy chaser and won the Lexus Chase on this day 12 months ago. He's also won a bet365 Gold Cup under a big weight, though the ground wasn't as heavy as it will be today. Highland Lodge was fourth in the Hennessy having been prominent throughout and should go well again but Hey Big Spender seems to prefer smaller field nowadays and may struggle to confirm Newcastle running with Vintage Star under a penalty. Wyck Hill is better than he's shown so far this season and Goonyella is unexposed under Rules but this looks a tough ask for Carlisle scorer Knock A Hand and last year's second, Teaforthree, hasn't raced since his third in the Grand National in April. He was also well behind WELL REFRESHED at Haydock in February and we're looking no further than Gary Moore's thorough stayer today as he has conditions in his favour and looked to be on the way back at Sandown three weeks ago when the going was faster than ideal.
Considering he was running in a selling hurdle on this day 12 months ago, Coverholder has been something of a money-spinner for Sue and Harvey Smith but will do well to complete his hat-trick here. POOLE MASTER has been a disappointment over fences but is looking dangerously well handicapped now and might well be lit up by a pair of blinkers. He can go close at decent odds as though Simply Wings handles heavy ground he still looks too high in the weights. Green Belt Elite goes well fresh and may be a better bet than stablemate and recent course and distance winner Renard on the ground while Conor Ring gets on well with the quirky Get It On who is preferred to the novice Un Bon P'Tit Gars of the others.