Castle can rule in Sussex feature
15:25 Plumpton - Back Brandon Castle @ 6.05/1
Brandon Castle flew a bit too high in the Supreme at Cheltenham last time, and he's the bet today to kick off Sunday's selections as he lines up in the feature race - the Sussex Champion Hurdle.
The 7yo was a quality horse on the Flat and has taken really well to jumping with three wins at Plumpton this season - which included a sparkling nine length victory in February when routing a field in a 0-140.
That came from 130, and he's up to 139 today, but he was nearly three digits on the level, so there should be a bit more scope from his current rating.
He likes to make the running and attack and he seemed to act well on decent ground with that big win at the track earlier in the season. He's a quick, aggressive jumper too. I like the booking of Rex Dingle - he's been the conditional find of the season, and his 5lb claim in this handicap is extremely valuable.
Trip to suit Twiston-Davies chaser
16:05 Market Rasen - Back El Terremoto @ 5.905/1
You could make a case for all in this small field Novices' Handicap Chase - but it looks a good opportunity for the frustrating El Terremoto to get his head in front. He is the bet.
His chasing career hasn't quite got going, and he might have had one or two more victories earlier in the season had his jumping held up. Two falls at Wetherby and Perth both came at crucial times when challenging, so if his technique can stand the test here with a clean round, he should be a player for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
He ran well to finish second at Kelso in March, but that came over 2m1f and he was badly outpaced in that. Stepping up markedly in distance will see him in a better light.
Sharp tracks on good ground have suited in the past.