Alan Thompson provided another winner on Wednesday to continue his good run in the tipping chair, and today our man has two selections from Huntingdon and Doncaster...
"I think the three miles was a step too far for her that day and dropping back in trip today at a track where she has previously finished first and second on her last two visits should see her perform much better."
Tom George runs Song Saa who has won twice over hurdles but so far failed to make it home first over fences. In her three Chases to date she's travelled well, but then found nothing when it mattered and her last start was on atrocious ground at Lingfield over three miles where she ended up getting pulled up. I think the three miles was a step too far for her that day and dropping back in trip today at a track where she has previously finished first and second on her last two visits should see her perform much better. She also has the tongue tie on for the first time and maybe that will also help.
She wasn't without market support last time and already today she has started to be backed, Adrian Heskin is her more than capable partner and after her poor start to her chasing career she is now running off 107, I think she is better than that.
Kim Bailey's Abbreviate ran a cracking race last time out after a 241 day break to finish second at Ascot in December, he got a 3lb rise for his efforts that day but is still capable of more. He is stepping up to three miles for the first time today and I think that will be to his benefit, his only win to date was over hurdles at Southwell on soft ground over two and half miles winning by 19 lengths and looking like he was ready to go around again, so I don't think his stamina is in doubt. David Bass was on board that day and gets the leg up again today.
The one in the field that could cause him the most problems is Nicky Henderson's Swoop to Conquer who is making his handicap debut and could still be improving.