Torn And Frayed stayed on well to take third on his chasing debut at Cheltenham, just nabbing Faivoir. He’s ran well at Ascot before, has a nice weight and the Twiston-Davies’ are in very good form. However, it could be argued that he was lucky to finish in front of Faivoir, as Faivoir made a hash of the last couple of fences. Moreover, he could find himself outpaced again, over a shorter distance.
Faivoir won on his chasing debut but as previously mentioned, some bad mistakes saw him outpointed on his last start, at Cheltenham. He will be undeterred by the ground and distance and the Skelton barn are in flying form. My only concern would be that he has to give away quite a lot of weight to all of his rivals.
Cascova has always been a classy horse and went from strength to strength last season, capping it off with an eight length demolition job over course and distance. He makes his chasing and handicap debut today and he does so gaining weight off the aforementioned Faivoir. He has to overcome a lengthy layoff but he looks set to take to fences and could make his chasing debut a winning one.
Reve is a two time course winner, over hurdles, and was last seen winning over chase fences at Ludlow. He definitely prefers the longer distances and is reunited with Sean Bowen, who has won on him before. However, he’s been penalised for the Ludlow win and subsequently carries top weight. Moreover, he’s never had more than two races before a decent sized break, for quite a while, so it will be interesting to see how he fares.
Red Giant was runner up in this race last year and carries a pound less. He returned to winning ways at Musselburgh, last time out, but faces a rise of four pounds for that victory. He’s open to run well again but he’ll have to put in a career best performance and he’s already had quite a few races this year, which could go against him.
Cracking Find faded over three miles at Wetherby, last time out, but he now has fitness in his favour, as that was his first race since May. He’s won at Catterick twice before and Sue Smith won this race four years ago with the classy Delusionofgrandeur. Moreover, Ryan Mania and Sue Smith come off the back of winning this years renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, so both are evidently in good form. Additionally, he gains a bit of weight off his rivals. He could well give Sue Smith a second victory in this race.
CRACKING FIND (WIN)
written by Kieran McHugh
Guillemot a winner at Stratford is one of the favourites here at the time of writing looked like he needed the run at Aintree when fading should strip fitter after that run. Valentino is going for a Hatrick of wins since being sent into handicaps has a 3-pound rise to contend with but will certainly have a favourites chance going into this race.
Getmegold for the inform Colin Tizzard yard wasn't that great last time out but again like many of these runners may have needed that run. Conditional Harry Kimber takes a handy 6 pounds of which will only help Getmegold
It's the other Colin Tizzard horse that interests me today which is my Selection Sixty Dollars More interesting that Jack Tudor has been selected to ride Sixty Dollars More who I don't think has ever ridden before for Colin Tizzard. Sixty Dollars more has only gone up a pound for his runner up success at Fontwell last time out and third behind Sixty Dollars More that day has come back out and won. Which suggests perhaps the winner wasn't to bad that day. After rallying quite late at Fontwell the slight step up in trip will suit Sixty Dollars More. I'm expecting a big run here
SIXTY DOLLARS MORE (E/W)
written by Luke Tucker