We start our day’s previews with a twenty five furlong handicap chase.
Belmount looks a real player for this especially with Sam Twiston-Davies returning back to the saddle, he seems to be able to get this horse to produce when it’s required especially in the mud thus said he was pulled up last time STD was on board but so was half the field and he should be able to get Belmount firing again today.
It’s rare you see a horse upped in the weights after falling last time out but that is the case in Silvergrove; he’s been raised seven pounds for that fall but he was two lengths ahead when the stirrups seem to slip when jumping the last and the jockey had no chance; he should be in the mix if repeating that form here today.
Henllan Harri has won and finished second on both his chasing bows and even though he has a huge engine under him his jumping is something of a talking point; he tends to jump off to the right which costs him a lot of ground but if he’s jumping can be flatulent he’d be very dangerous.
The top weight Cloudy Copper is another interesting one; he’s very consistent and has placed more times then not yet he still a along way behind in second; he probably needs a few more pounds off his back before he comes good but can never be ignored
Belmount (E/W if 9/2+)
We head to Ireland for our second preview a GRADE 1 hurdle over sixteen furlongs.
With Arctic Fire disappointing here yesterday it be a massive surprise if Willie Mullins enters him for this today, in my opinion this was probably a better race for him to of been entered in rather than an unknown race he was tried at yesterday especially with the prize money better.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh teamed up to win this card last year and are hot favorites to go in again with Nichols Canyon; he’s only been beaten once in 12 months and that was by Windsor Park who surely is here to spoil his chances again but the former has improved so much since that loss.
Identity Thief should keep the favorite honest as he comes here seeking a hat-trick after a great win in the Fighting Fifth last month where he had some decent jumpers behind; he though doesn’t look in the same level as Nichols Canyon.
Plinth isn’t 100% out of this as he’s won over course and distance in the past and does have a good jumping style and it only takes a slip or fall anywhere for him to slip past.
Nichols Canyon (WIN)
We end our days previews back in the UK with a six furlong sprint on the fibresand.
Sleet is very inconsistent and has struggled here a number of times now after being sent of as favorite and it’s hard to really be certain he’ll change that form here for this today.
Arizona Snow has been getting closer as of late but only finished third in a lowly contest at Chelmsford two weeks ago and runs off the same mark as that here today.
Culloden finished third around here back in November but that was over the minimum trip and he also has his jockeys claim to take into account but he should still be in the mix once again.
Des Lesseps has been away from the track for over a year now after a very poor run at Ayr but he did win around here from this mark over seven furlongs from a previous long absence so has shown he can strip first time out and gets the vote in this modest contest.
Des Lesseps (E/W)