We head for a cracking mid-week card at the Yorkshire track in our attempt to scoop the Placepot...
"Its better to side with the rapidly improving Portway Flyer who is seeking a four-timer and has useful claimer Robert McCarth on board..."
13:20 - Admittedly the first leg of today's perm only has two runners, although this novice chase over an extended two miles has the potential to be an informative contest none the less. It's the second outing over fences of Arkle hope Rock On Ruby, and providing he puts in a clear round he should have too much class for the enigmatic Mr Mole (he's rated a stone superior over hurdles).
13:50 - It's a novice hurdle up next and the first pick is Sandown winner Vaniteux who is looking to get back on track after disappointing at Kempton on King George day. He's worth another chance in the hope that the step up in trip improves his jumping, and if that's the case he could have too much in the locker for these. Gone Too Far may well have more to offer but its better to side with the rapidly improving Portway Flyer who is seeking a four-timer and has useful claimer Robert McCarth to counteract most of his penalty.
14:25 - It's another novice hurdle which follows and its full of potentially useful performers with any number eligible for the shortlist. The first to get the nod is Electrolyser, who was a smart stayer on the flat for Clive Cox and was successful on his second start over fences at Plumpton in December. The other to get the nod is First Mohican who is sure to have been well-schooled for his hurdling debut and may well prove a cut above the chasing pack.
15:00 - We return to action over fences for a staying handicap for the fourth leg of today's perm and Fentara looks to hold claims if putting in a clear round. She had a an excellent first season over fences and showed signs of that promise at Newcastle last time, and if her jumping holds up she will surprise a few. The other more obvious candidate is Golden Call who shaped better than the result suggested at Newbury on his debut for a new yard and can continue his progress here.
15:35 - One Conemara looks one to keep on side for this staying handicap hurdle as he remains open to progress now stepping up in strip. Although he stalled slightly after landing a 21-furlong maiden a year ago, he is in top hands and three miles may be the key to unlocking his potential. The other to get the nod is last month's C&D winner Top Billing who looks likely to well again despite a rise in the weights for his latest victory.
16:10 - A sole selection will suffice in the final leg and that comes in the form of Clondaw Knight; he was a winning pointer in Ireland and improved with every start over hurdles. However he showed much-improved form to make a winning start over fences at Kelso in November and looks capable of following up with further progress likely.
13:20 - 2
13:50 - 2,3
14:25 - 2,9
15:00 - 7,8
15:35 - 2,9
16:10 - 8
= 16 Lines