Maghfoor is trained by Donald McCain jnr and Theo Gillard takes the ride. He’s untried over fences and fresh off wind surgery. He has some pieces of form on the flat but could probably relish the step up to 2 miles. Additionally, he wears a tongue-strap for the first time and is a half brother to a winner over 2m 2f. He could outrun his odds.
I’ve been keeping an eye on Songo ever since he came over from Germany and he seems to be coming into his own this year. He ran a good race at Kempton, on the flat, finishing second whilst conceding weight and a sideways jump meant that he didn’t get past the first fence at Wincanton a few days ago. Moreover he wasn’t disgraced over hurdles at Huntingdon and he’s probably the only contender in this race to possibly trouble the favourite.
Tinnahalla is the class horse and should win this race, even bolstered by the fact that Harry Skelton takes the ride, who as mentioned before, is in the midst of a enormous battle for the Champion Jockey’s title with Brian Hughes. He was second to Sage Advice at Kempton, who was subsequently behind a few nice horses and 6th in the Boodles at Cheltenham, and he was 4th on his handicap debut when carrying the top weight. He’s by far the highest rated in this race and should be a cert.
written by Kieran McHugh