Ringaringarosie is all set for another successful raid on Sedgefield, according to David Clough - he previews the action.
NAP: Ringaringarosie (1.00 Sedgefield)
Double: Brewin'upastorm (2.35 Taunton)
Ringaringarosie is all set for another successful raid on Sedgefield.
Martin Todhunter's front-running handicapper is a three-time winner this season - including twice at this track, which suits her running style.
She is capable of throwing in the occasional moderate run, but was at her most convincing when dispatching Instant Replay over slightly further here last month.
The subsequent six-week break is unusual for the busy mare, and she should therefore be freshened up ideally for the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novices' Handicap Chase.
Ringaringarosie will be running off a career-high mark in a better grade, but she again has the assistance of talented claimer Danny McMenamin - and in receipt of weight all round, the partnership may take some catching again after clicking so well last time.
La Cavsa Nostra got rid of his rider at Warwick as a well-backed favourite last week, but has an obvious opportunity to make amends in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Chase.
His Warwick spill excepted, the former Irish point winner has taken well to chasing for his new connections, and made a mockery of his 16-1 starting price with a wide-margin Chepstow victory on his first start of the season.
A 10lb rise for that performance should be no bar to further success, and it is easy to see him progressing up the ranks if avoiding mishap - starting off a low weight here.
Ludlow can be a specialists' course, so it is often sensible to favour those who have already won or shown good form there.
Evan Williams' Marble Moon is a case in point in the "It's Been A Whyle" Silver Wedding Anniversary Handicap Chase.
Ludlow's propensity for good ground served Marble Moon well last month - and although it may be a little softer this time as he tries to defy a 4lb rise in search of a hat-trick, if he is going to get away with it anywhere this is the place.
All eyes will be on Brewin'upastorm as he lines up in the Michael Spiers Novices' Chase at Taunton.
The six-year-old proved near Grade One calibre over hurdles last term, finishing second to Reserve Tank at Aintree on his final start of the campaign.
He made a satisfactory start over fences at Carlisle last month, in what appeared to be a pretty hot beginners' chase.
Brewin'upastorm looked an unlikely winner with five still to jump that day, but he made his class tell to get into contention and eventually proved a head too good for Good Boy Bobby.
He will surely have progressed for that run and it is notable Olly Murphy has opted to bypass Cheltenham at the weekend in favour of this event.
Viva Vittoria should appreciate a drop back in distance for the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
A winner over an extended two and a half miles at Market Rasen on her penultimate start, the combination of switching up three furlongs under a penalty proved too much at Haydock back in March.
She was lining up on a mark of 121 that day, but is 3lb lower now and should also enjoy better ground on her seasonal return.
Sporting Life tips
CLONMEL: 12.40 Kalanisi Og, 1.10 Braeside, 1.40 Crazyheart, 2.15 Elwood, 2.50 Monalee, 3.20 Tintangle, 3.55 Tactical Move.
LUDLOW: 1.15 Getariver, 1.50 Cock A Doodle Doo, 2.25 Sabbathical, 2.55 Marble Moon, 3.30 Group Stage, 4.00 Bhutan.
SEDGEFIELD: 12.30 Sweet Marmalade, 1.00 RINGARINGAROSIE (NAP), 1.35 Minella Trump, 2.10 La Cavsa Nostra, 2.45 Lord Ballim, 3.15 Misdflight, 3.50 Roycano.
TAUNTON: 12.55 Sleep Easy, 1.25 Blazing Saddles, 2.00 Present Chief, 2.35 Brewin'upastorm, 3.05 Viva Vittoria, 3.40 Brother Tedd, 4.10 Bang On.
DOUBLE: Ringaringarosie and Brewin'upastorm.