David Ord has the best bets for Saturday with his Nap a Paul Nicholls raider at Musselburgh.
Up at Newcastle GANNON GLORY can land the Top Odds Every Day With BetUK Handicap on his second start for Richard Fahey.
He kept on very nicely over five furlongs at Southwell last time on his stable debut, strongly suggesting he was as good as ever and ready to go back up in trip to six.
Fahey has wasted no time in finding him a good spot and this track is very much expected to play to his strengths.
This is a trappy heat but HALO DES OBEAUX ran well when second to Tea For Free at Newbury on New Year’s Eve and has been dropped a pound since.
He looks competitively handicapped, will soon be winning races over fences and with the Paul Nicholls team going well, gets the vote.
He’s been a work in progress and paid the price for a slow start when back from a break at Chelmsford last time but MATCHING SOX was strong in the market there and makes appeal from an opening handicap mark of 79.
The hood he wore for his first two starts returns – as does David Probert in the saddle – and the step up to six furlongs is another positive. He has the scope to progress further and if breaking on terms will be there or thereabouts.
The trip is his minimum requirement but GERRI COLOMBE can outclass the home team and win this Grade One contest for Gordon Elliott.
Unbeaten in six career starts to date, he pulled clear of Adamantly Chosen in a deep race at Limerick over Christmas and is open to significant improvement. The stiff finish here will play to his strengths and he’s impressed with his jumping over fences so far.
He bumped into one when second to Yorksea at Fontwell last time but PYRAMID PLACE pulled ten lengths clear of the third and must go well from an unchanged mark.
He’s hard to win with but Milton Harris’ charge arrives here at the top of his game and in-form rivals are thin on the ground.
This isn’t much of a race and ANNIE LAW is a potential improver as she steps into handicaps.
James Fanshawe’s charge has shown only a moderate level of ability in three starts so far but her last run at Southwell last month was her best and the step up to seven furlongs will suit. Any improvement means she’ll be competitive from an opening mark of 55.
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