Rivals can set up the race for Money
Back Only Money @ 7/4 in the 14:20 at Leicester
A lovely performance from Erne River gave us a 6.36 individual winner yesterday, but On Call couldn't find his stamina as the bid for the double went astray. However, two good chances await at Leicester, where the ground looks as though it could be on the good to soft side. Although we usually get four seasons in one day as a going description there!
Only Money for Chris Gordon should kick us off in good style at 7/4 on only his fifth start over fences with a slight drop in grade from his second at Newbury recently. He bumped into the well-handicapped Doukarov on that occasion, but it was very much a return to form following a flop at Plumpton.
He's a keen-goer and an enthusiastic racer, but he might not be certain to lead as he benefitted from a strong pace when held up to produce a wide-margin success at Huntingdon last spring. And they really did go a good gallop.
A sound surface appears to suit him as he has been kept away from any soft and heavy. All four of his rivals have made the running before, so that should help and while Dreamsundermyfeet is his nearest rival in the betting and in form, his jumping isn't the most fluent and he makes mistakes.
Gordon has fired in three winners since the turn of the year.
French form for Family Business looks interesting
Back Family Business @ 11/2 in the 14:50 at Leicester
With nine runners in the 14:50 Handicap Chase, three are ten-year-olds, and Tiquer is a grand horse for Joe Ponting, but he is now 14. So I am looking towards one of the younger hopes in the field with Richard Hobson's Family Business.
Hobson's team have taken a while to warm up this term, but his recent runners have given an indication the stable's horses are running well. Valadom at Sandown went well for a long way out in front at Sandown at a big price and was matched at 1.564/7 in-running, while Fugitif won pretty comfortably at Newcastle on Saturday for just Hobson's second winner of the year (although plenty have placed).
Family Business starts for the yard for his UK debut, but the trainer is excellent sourcing French racers as his record testifies with 70 Grade 1 winners brought over from across the channel. He of course was the man who discovered Hurricane Fly.
The selection was last seen running over hurdles at Toulouse behind the smart Madame Moonie, but that was his first run after a break and also a switch back from fences, and he showed some useful form according to Timeform over the larger ones with victories in the provinces, including one wide-margin one at Strasbourg. Madame Moonie has since finished third in a Grade 3 at Autueil and won a Listed hurdle at the same track.
A mark of 119 could be lenient taking on some veterans and Lilly Pinchin is an excellent rider from the front.