Paul Nicholls: My Way is best chance of my eight Saturday runners
Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls follows up an eventful week at Cheltenham with runners at Kempton and Uttoxeter on Saturday. His verdict is here....
14:40 - My Way
"He is a lovely prospect who is really marking time over hurdles before he goes back chasing next season. He jumps beautifully as you would expect of a horse who has been placed four times over fences already at Auteuil."
Should run well on heavy ground
14:25 - Captain Cattistock
He won three times over hurdles last season, was always going to be a chaser, stays well and kept on strongly to beat Molineaux at Exeter just over three weeks ago. He is up another 3lbs to a mark of 140 now so it makes sense to use the 5lbs claim of our excellent young jockey Lorcan Williams.
Captain Cattistock will be fine on the ground, which is heavy in places, and should run well though it is never ideal to be gaining lumps of weight away on really testing going.
Can handle testing conditions
15:00 - Dr Sanderson
Won nicely for the second time this season at Ffos Las at the end of last month, keeping on gamely when challenged on the run in. This valuable handicap is obviously a lot more competitive so it again helps that Lorcan's claim takes 5lbs off his back.
Dr Sanderson hasn't raced on ground as testing as he encounters at Uttoxeter but I am hopeful that he can handle it.
Magoo to benefit from Frost's magic touch?
15:00 - Magoo
He ran really well at Sandown a week ago where he made his move much too soon early in the straight on deep ground and paid for it late on as Forza Milan came sweeping past at the final flight.
Magoo then kept on to be a worthy second. While I am taking a bit of a chance by turning him out again quickly he seems in good form and his jockey Bryony Frost is brim full of confidence after her awesome win with Frodon on Thursday.
First success over hurdles?
13:30 - Ashutor
Has finished runner up in his two starts since joining us from France. He was up there the whole way last time at Fontwell, jumping well, before losing out to the highly rated Tarada on the flat.
Ashutor is going the right way and has a decent chance of gaining his first success over hurdles here dropping back in trip.
Work in progress will appreciate drop back
14:05 - Envoye Special
Ran with a fair degree of promise on his debut over fences in at Plumpton in December, jumping soundly and keeping on to finish a distant second behind Kalashnikov. He then found an extended two-and-a-half-miles too far for him in a red hot handicap at Kempton won by Glen Forsa. He was handy for much of the race before dropping away in the last half mile.
Envoye Special should appreciate dropping back to two miles here though I do feel we will not see the best of him until next season.
Lovely prospect is best chance of day
14:40 - My Way
He is a lovely prospect who is really marking time over hurdles before he goes back chasing next season. He jumps beautifully as you would expect of a horse who has been placed four times over fences already at Auteuil.
This flat track over two miles, five furlongs should suit him off a nice mark of 121. It wouldn't surprise me if he is bang in there at the finish.
Ex-tearaway is back on track
15:50 - Darling Maltaix
Was a tearaway who has taken his time to learn to settle in his races. He finally came good at Ascot in December in a race that fell apart and the handicapper promptly over reacted by raising him 12 pounds to a mark of 134.
It's not a surprise to me that he has struggled a bit off his new rating in his last two starts.
Darling Maltaix should have a great chance here back in novice company here without a penalty against three opponents.
One for next year
17:00 - Grey Getaway
We are still learning about Grey Getaway who joined us late in December after finishing second in a point-to-point at Dromahane in Ireland. He runs in the colours of Paul Vogt, who is still on a high after his horse Frodon won the Ryanair Chase in such tremendous style on Thursday.
While we like Great Getaway, and he shapes with promise, we do think he is a horse for next year. We will know more about him after today.
Paul's Best Chance on Saturday - My Way (each way) 14:40 Kempton: "He's getting used to our training routine and going the right way."