Bomber can hit the target
Ian Ogg picks out a best bet, a longshot and a race in focus to consider ahead of today's action.
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Caught the eye over hurdles on debut for the yard racing over an inadequate trip and duly stepped up on that when chasing home the re-opposing Sizing Santiago at Newbury on his return to chasing.
A 2lb rise is far from punitive and he remains open to improvement over this longer trip and after only four chase starts. Has never run on heavy ground but beat the smart Tullamore Dew over hurdles on soft ground with his latest effort the only other time he's raced on soft which suggests he should be at home under the conditions.
The seven year old is a lightly raced maiden whose managed to make the track just seven times since making his debut for Paul Nicholls in October 2009 and his trainer hasn't had a winner since June.
Hardly auspicious stuff but the rank outsider (40s in places) ran the best race of his career over this course and distance when last seen in May 2011. The handicapper's dropped him a couple of pounds since which leaves him fully 21lbs lower than his initial mark.
He has it all to prove in terms of his current well-being and his ability to handle ground this testing but his half-sister Guydus was at home over a trip when the mud was flying and it looks worth throwing a few pence at him each-way with leading conditional Lucy Alexander in the plate.
A departure from the usual 'horse in focus' but there's more than one fascinating runner in a contest which has been won by Hurricane Fly, First Lieutenant and Cash And Go in recent years.
The exciting Jezki, unbeaten in three runs over hurdles, heads the market with Robbie Power back in the saddle for the first time since his Cheltenham bumper defeat but he's expected to face a big challenge from Waaheb.
Dermot Weld's classy individual is being trained with the spring festivals in mind but he appears to be the principal reason that Tony McCoy has gone to ride at Leopardstown.
The ground is a concern but he's won four of his five starts with his sole defeat coming by a short-head in the Grade One Fairyhouse bumper but this is by no means a two horse race.