David Ord has the best bets for Saturday with his Nap in action at Wetherby.
He has a terrific record fresh, and CHIRICO VALLIS has to be of interest here.
Neil Mulholland’s charge made a winning reappearance in a deep race at Chepstow last term from a two pounds lower mark (beating Kitty’s Light) and this is the time to catch him. He could get an easy lead under Robbie Dunne and will be hard to peg back if that is the case.
He’s an interesting recruit for the excellent Ian Williams team and SIROBBIE is handicapped to go close.
He’s three pounds higher than when winning at Huntingdon in May and finishing an excellent third in the Challenge Stayers' Hurdle Series Final at Haydock.
A strong gallop is expected which will suit and he should go well.
He’s back down to the mark from which he ran away with the 2021 Midlands Grand National and TIME TO GET UP showed enough last season to suggest he can still be competitive from it.
He finished third in the Uttoxeter feature in the spring and second in the Haydock Grand National Trial so is clearly well served by tests such as this, and he’s gone well fresh before too.
He bolted up on his Carlisle reappearance and an eight-pound rise and these deeper waters may not prevent COOPER’S CROSS from following up.
The seven-year-old bounded clear of Croagh Patrick in the style of an improved horse and the very strong pace forecast here could just set the race up for him.
He can be his own worst enemy with slow starts but POCKET THE PROFIT continues to come down the weights and has the assistance of William Buick on Saturday evening.
His mount is now only two pounds above his last winning mark and two below the one from which he ran well in a better race than this at Newmarket in October.
He’s proven on an artificial surface, has a handy low draw and will go well if he jumps off on terms.
He was in too deep behind Fontaine Collonges at Haydock last time and down significantly in grade and reunited with William Shanahan who he has gone well for in the past, IF NOT FOR DYLAN looks a bet.
His last run in this grade was at Carlisle in October when he chased home Check My Pulse from this mark and Sunday’s race looks a good opening for him.
He ran well on his return at Bangor and with that outing under his belt, GREAT D’ANGE is fancied to return to winning ways for the in-form Tom George team.
The six-year-old led between the last two having jumped well before finishing third behind Diegos Way and from an unchanged mark can make a bold bid from the front.
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