Alan is back with a couple of National Hunt selections, one from the early starting meeting at Worcester and the other at Fontwell...
"Field Exhibition has been enjoying herself this season and last time out produced a career best performance"
Back Field Exhibition @ 7/4 in the 12:45 Worcester
Field Exhibition is enjoying her best ever season
12:45 Worcester - Field Exhibition
It's an early start at Worcester today and hopefully we can get the day off to a good start with Field Exhibition, It's hard not to be impressed by Grace Harris's nine-year-old mare, she has been enjoying herself this season and last time out produced a career best performance. She took the lead up three out and then pulled away with ease, winning by 13 lengths at Hereford last week, but it wasn't just that she beat the second home that day easily but she also had the field all over Herefordshire, with the third home 26 lengths away.
Despite that easy victory, where she looked to still have plenty in hand, she actually arrives here 2lb well in under that penalty and again has Ben Jones on board claiming his very useful 5lb. Anything close to that performance again and she will surely be hard to beat.
Robinshill is the fly in the ointment, the Nigel Twiston-Davies team have been in good form recently, sending out eight winners over the last two weeks. A couple of years ago this horse was winning off 137, today he gets in off 122, no doubt he has been out of sorts and is without a win since November 2017 but he did show some signs that he may be getting some form back last time out at Warwick. However, that was over hurdles and today he returns to fences where he has only once finished within 15 lengths of a winner. He certainly has ability but I would like to see him improve a bit more before backing him.
Tazka has gone well in the past round here
14:40 Fontwell - Tazka
Gary Moore's filly Tazka has enjoyed it round here in the past winning and finishing second on her two starts to date. The lightly raced four-year-old is returning from a 188 day break and she has gone well after some time off before. She finished third at Kempton after a 173 day break and again third at Newbury in a £25k Class 2 handicap in March this year. She actually touched down in front over that last in that Newbury race before just being outstayed on the run in so she certainly has the form in the book to win an event like this. The soft ground is of no concern for her and at the prices I want to give her a chance to show her love for Fontwell once more.
Le Ligerien is the current market principle but I think there is a big question mark over him regarding how he will act on the soft ground. He has never run on anything other than good and although he is always competitive he has only got his head in front once so far. And that win came at rather short odds (2/11), so it wasn't the toughest of tasks. He has place from 1lb higher than this previously so he is definitely around the right number but soft ground and a far more competitive race than his maiden win I think the Philip Hobbs runner has a couple of big questions to answer.