We head to the first jumps meeting of the season on Town Moor in an attempt to scoop a Placepot on Tuesday...
"Saints And Sinners looks to be on a very workable mark and could easily capitalise if putting in a clear round..."
12:50 - We kick off proceedings with a handicap chase over three miles and a sole selection will suffice in the shape of Guiding George. He was a point-winner and although he made an inauspicious start to fences in the summer he looks sure to improve now faced with a stiffer test in this sphere. His recent hurdles win at Wincanton should have put him spot on for this and he looks likely to go close.
13:20 - Up next is a juvenile hurdle over an extended two miles and it will be another single selection is Annalulu. She was useful on the flat in France and given her connections and pedigree could easily prove the best of today's field by a stretch, and is taken to make a victorious British debut.
13:50 - Only a couple of runners in the novices' handicap chase over an extended 20 furlongs which follows have run under Rules, one of whom is Saints And Sinners, who is the first pick. He looks to be on a very workable mark and could easily capitalise if putting in a clear round. The pick of the debutantes is Vide Cave, who is capable of better than what he's show so far in two outings in Britain and could easily win this if the first-time tongue tie allows him to realise his potential.
14:20 - It is a mares' maiden hurdle over an extended 19 furlongs under consideration now and The Pirate's Queen makes the cut after showing useful form in defeat in better company than this. Providing she is in the same form as when doing so on her reappearance last month, she will run very well now in calmer waters. Faerie Reel ran to a fair level when fourth on her hurdling bow for Kim Bailey last month and should be in the frame if she can build on it.
14:50 - Uriah Heep made an encouraging start over fences when winning at Ludlow last month and looks likely to be on the premises again in the handicap chase which comes next. Providing he can see out the long trip over an extended two-and-a-half miles he should run well and is the first selection. Baile Anrai won at Fakenham in March and although he found the test too much in the Scottish National when last seen, he has an excellent record fresh and can go close for the Skelton team.
15:20 - The final leg of today's perm is a handicap hurdle over an extended 19 furlongs and Monksgold looks the one open to the most improvement. He is the first to keep on side with the switch to handicap company likely to be in his favour and solid form in bumpers and novice hurdles in the book already. Boruma is the other to get the nod providing he is none the worse for falling on his chase debut at Musselburgh with the race at his mercy.
12:50 - 1
13:20 - 7
13:50 - 4,5
14:20 - 2,8
14:50 - 3,4
15:20 - 3,7
= 16 Lines