Donald has chances at three venues on a busy Saturday for the yard...
He's obviously got Tetlami to beat but he's a smart little horse himself and he won well at Musselburgh on his chasing debut. His jumping got better as the race wore on there and he has done well at home since. This is a step up for him but it's a valuable three-runner race and it looks the right place to come.
Son Of Flicka
He's slowly starting to show a bit more at home and he will be a bit happier back on this better ground. He's not been settling this year, though, and he's got a bit to prove at the moment.
He should have won at Market Rasen last time but I don't blame Adrian as he was only doing what I told him - he ended up getting mugged having thought he had Peaks Of Fire covered. Look, he's obviously tricky to win with but we just think that running him in a better race might give him something to chase all the way up the straight and then if he goes by, he goes by. He might not be quite good enough but we'll try and give him every chance.
Up And Go
I probably overfaced him when I ran him in a Grade 2 at Sandown on his hurdling debut last month but I do think a fair bit of him and that form looks pretty good. He's shown no ill effects from that tumble and this should be a more realistic assignment for him. It doesn't look a bad race - there's plenty of them and a few have won over hurdles already - but he should be well up to making a big impact in this company.
I was really pleased with him at Haydock on his first run for us as he kept on really well on ground I thought might be a bit slow for him. Going chasing was always the plan and he has done plenty of schooling at home. It's always important to get them to enjoy their first taste of fences and a clear round is the priority - that said , he hasn't got much to find in a race like this if he transfers his hurdling form and the slightly better ground won't be a problem.
I was pleasantly surprised when he won at Sedgefield as all his form in his early days was on a sounder surface. He's got a higher chase mark to contend with but he's fit and well and is probably a better chaser in any case - or he certainly looked like he would be back in 2012. This doesn't look a particularly strong race for the money on offer and he's got to have a very solid chance.
He's probably been a bit unlucky on his last two starts and is well up to winning races like this now he has found his level. Again, it doesn't look a particularly competitive handicap, he should enjoy the conditions and it would be disappointing if he weren't involved at the finish.
She hasn't shown much at home and although she might turn out okay in the long term, I would be surprised if she were good enough here.
I thought he kept on really well at Haydock in the end - it looked like he was going to drop away at one stage but he stuck to the task. He's obviously got plenty of weight due to his efforts last year but if he stays this longer trip, it will open up a few more options for him. It also qualifies him for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and that could be on his agenda with a good run. It's a competitive race and there will probably be something better handicapped but he's as tough as they come and won't fail for lack of effort.