14:15 Leicester Thu 9 January 2020
- Charnwood Forest Mares' Chase (Listed) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 201y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
1-17 over fences, having scored over 2m5f (good) when trained in Ireland. Produced a career-best on debut for this trainer in Aintree Mares Listed chase last month. Well held at Doncaster last time, however, and needs improvement to win this.
Multiple hurdle winner at up to 2m2½f, on a variety of ground. However, arrives out of form and with plenty to find on these terms. Is 0-7 over fences and sports a tongue-tie on her first run after wind surgery.
Very useful at her best as a hurdler and scored over fences at her second attempt, when winning a beginners' contest at Exeter (2m1½f, good) in October. Another good effort over hurdles last time and looks a contender again.
Ex-Joseph O'Brien inmate who was back to form with a vengeance over C&D last time, her third run for this trainer. Was in control from a long way out (front pair were 4L clear), so this tilt at black type may not be as fanciful as may first appear.
Couldn't win over hurdles, but has four successes to her name as a chaser, including in a class 2 event at Cheltenham last time (2m½f, soft). Bit to find with one or two opponents, but has to be taken seriously after that career-best.
7-26 over fences and farmed mares' handicap chases in 2019, winning 4-5 at one stage. Not as good on her last two runs, and well held by Northern Beau at Cheltenham last time out, so a bit to prove, including over this short.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Litterale Ci (13/8), The Bay Birch (9/4), Northern Beau (5/2), Holly Flight (12/1), Little Light (16/1), Hope's Wishes (66/1)
- Litterale Ci
- Northern Beau
- Little Light
Next Race Off
Geizy Teizy can repeat a recent course win at Wolverhampton back at Dunstall Park on Monday, according to Keith Hamer.
Matt Brocklebank is back in the Nap hot-seat on Monday and he's heading to the all-weather meeting at Wolverhampton for the bet of the day.
Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and recommends antepost bets at 14/1 and 20/1, including Jamie Snowden's novice Thebannerkingrebel.