Just the two meetings to choose from today but Alan has found two selections from the jumps card at Uttoxeter...
"Placed in better company at the Punchestown Festival in April, and four of his wins coming on soft ground"
Sizing Granite looks to be getting back to his old self
Uttoxeter's rain-softened ground should play into the hands of Sizing Granite today. The Colin Tizzard trained chaser was placed from this mark in a far deeper race at the Punchestown Festival in April, and with four of the 11-year-old's seven wins coming on soft ground, he looks to have a decent chance of picking up another win here. He is starting to look well handicapped again now and looked more like his old self when reverting to fences last time out. When he finished third at Newton Abbott in that Class 2 handicap, he looked like his connections' second string on jockey bookings/colours but today he certainly looks the better of the two Ann and Alan Potts runners.
There are though at least a couple of other decent runners in the field that he will have to overcome if he is to take this, Theinval for the Nicky Henderson team looks a worthy favourite. Although he is a winner over both hurdles and fences from 2lbs lower he's yet to defy a mark this high and I am not sure he will appreciate the rain. Another threat is Western Miller who also has winning form over this trip but that wasn't in this company and he is 9lbs higher than his last win, he has winning form on good to soft and normally likes to lead but not sure if he will get a soft lead here.
Jot'em Down was up against a very good performer last time
Jot'em Down has won a bumper on soft ground and while he was mediocre at best over hurdles he has taken really well to fences this year. He chased home a well-treated raider when last in action at Cartmel, suggesting that he is still on a winnable mark. He's only had three starts over fences so it's not hard to envision him having more to come. He stays well over the trip and there isn't anything in the field today that is in the same class as the 121 rated The Jam Man who was the only one to beat him home last time.
The favourite is Dan Skelton's charge Delgany Demon and with Harry in the plate they look worthy of their position in the market. However, he is now 11-years-old and still a maiden over fences after 12 attempts. At the prices currently available. I am happy to take him on today with Jot'em Down.
2019 Overall: +14.76pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 pts
Returned: 1.2 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts