Timeform Radio Tips: My way or the Highway

Andrew Thornton will be aboard Denali Highway at 14:30.

Rory Delargy suggests a couple of bets at Huntingdon on Thursday...

"Denali Highway looked transformed when seeing off his opposition in a novice handicap with contemptuous ease..."

Caroline Bailey has a deserved reputation as one of the country's leading horsewomen, and the daughter of the legendary Dick Saunders was not only the first woman to ride a winner at Cheltenham (on Frank Gilman's Ptarmigan in 1978), but has handled superb jumpers like Teaplanter, Teeton Mill, Castle Mane and Gunner Welburn to success in points/hunters.

Her trademark has always been the ability to school her young chasers to an exceptional standard, and that was again in evidence when Denali Highway made a most impressive chase debut at Leicester in December. The gelding won a bumper on his racecourse debut before failing to progress over timber for Alan King, but looked transformed when seeing off his opposition in a novice handicap with contemptuous ease. The only one to give him any kind of race was next-time-out winner Bobby Dove, but a huge leap at the last open ditch had that one crying enough, and the race was over long before he strolled across the line. The son of Governor Brown has taken a rise of 10 lb for that win, but in my opinion he had plenty more up his sleeve than that, and the jumping test provided by Huntingdon will suit him to a tee. He's built to carry weight, so conceding lumps to inferior rivals should be no problem, and he looks decidedly overpriced at around 9/2.

Of the others, Cruchain would be a big danger if avoiding mistakes, but he's virtually guaranteed to clout at least one fence these days, and that militates against his chances despite his mark being undeniably lenient.  Grey Missile was a selection for this column last time, and is another on a good mark, but his tendency to carry his head on one side when asked to challenge then is somewhat off-putting, and perhaps the biggest danger will be bottom-weight Join The Navy, who will be picking up ground late, and could benefit if the pace is overly strong.

The following novice chase is something of a conundrum, with 3 looking closely matched on form, but none of the trio having fully convinced with their jumping. Tetlami is the obvious favourite despite being put firmly in his place by Overturn at Musselburgh last time, and the fact he was chasing such a classy rival perhaps forgives his sticky jumping there, but he's very short in the betting, and it may be worth chancing Act of Kalanisi at the prices. Richard Newland's gelding is best on a right-handed track and while he's fallen/unseated on his last 2 starts, his jumping is no more of a concern than that of Tetlami and Tony Star (beaten when falling last time). Odds of 6/1+ on Betfair are overly generous on balance.

Timeform Radio Tips:
Both at Huntingdon
Back Denali Highway @ 5.39/2 in the 14:30
Back Act of Kalanisi @ 7.26/1 in the 15:00 

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