We Have A Dream took the step up in class with ease when winning a Grade2 at Doncaster last time and looks to have outstanding claims of bagging success at the highest level today. Proven on the ground and unbeaten since joining Nicky Henderson, perhaps the only concern is that he could be rerouted to Sandown, whatever he looks the one to beat and is handed the vote. Sussex Ranger is two from two so far and looks the biggest danger, an uncomplicated ride he looks most likely to upset the favourite if handling the ground.
WE HAVE A DREAM (WIN)
Overtown Express took a heavy tumble when looking in command at Exeter last time though he readily brushed aside the re-opposing Rock On Rocky at Newbury the time before. Likely to head the market today you have to take it on trust that he is non the worse for that fall, if so he ought to take plenty of stopping here. Speredek is a most progressive type and has claims in receipt of over a stone from the aforementioned Overtown Express, along with Gino Trail he is respected though the two could hurt each others chances if battling for the lead.
OVERTOWN EXPRESS (WIN)
A brutally tough renewal of the re-scheduled Welsh National and plenty of todays challengers have claims of sorts, as such we shall fire a couple of bullets and hope for the best. Beware The Bear looked to be going up and down on the spot in the rehearsal chase at Newcastle last time before showing a tremendous and sustained surge to win going away. Unexposed and likely to be better suited by this test he is an attractive looking sort and is taken to place at least. Milansbar performed with plenty of credit when third in the trial for this and has a lovely looking weight, a proven sort in similar contests today could prove to be his day and he too gets a share of the vote. Chase The Spud, Vicente and Firebird Flyer are selected others with chances in a typically open renewal.
BEWARE THE BEAR (E/W) MILANSBAR (E/W)
Sussex Ranger has a course and distance win to his name and is an interesting challenger if taking up this engagement rather than the Chepstow option, unbeaten in two he looks almost certain to find more improvement with racing though this is a stern looking test. Kalashnikov looks another certain improver and is another one who holds an unbeaten record, proven with cut his chance has to be respected. Western Ryder was a very good bumper horse and he has taken well to hurdling, proven on very testing ground he is handed the vote to prove too strong though it is only a slight vote.
WESTERN RYDER (WIN)
Play The Ace only just got home last time but has won his last four and has to be respected in his bid for a five timer, whether he can once again repel the handicapper is open to debate, what is not is that he is clearly still improving and wants respecting. Antartica De Thaix has mixed it with better than these and looks the best alternative to the likely favourite, proven on the ground and probably kept back with this in mind she gets the vote.
ANTARTICA DE THAIX (WIN)
Pete The Feat won this last season and arrives here on the back of a victory here last time, from the Longsdon yard he looks sure to be popular bidding to follow up and is respected. Loose Chips adds another string to the Longsdon bow and although he has a little to find with his stablemate you do wonder if his turn is near, generally consistent an argument can easily be made for him and at the prices he appeals most. A whole host of others have claims though perhaps the best bet is to go small and enjoy watching a bunch of popular old timers.
LOOSE CHIPS (E/W)
Bill And Barn appeared to relish the testing conditions when forcing a dead heat on the line and looks to have good prospects of following up for Paul Nicholls, still unexposed and with only a few opponents to beat it would be a surprise if he didn’t go close. Le Boizelo looks the best alternative to the Nicholls horse and he too is proven on testing ground, the rest are pretty difficult to fancy in what looks a modest heat.
BILL AND BARN (WIN)
Call Me Lord was probably a little disappointing when beaten at short odds last time and arrives here on a retrieval mission, he was previously rather impressive when scoring over course and distance however and the conditions wont bother him. Our Merlin is searching for a four timer and is another one to consider, clearly on the crest of a wave it would be folly to write his chances off purely down to this being a better race. Gassin Golf looks a lively outsider and his mark is starting to look dangerous, he lacks the scope of Call Me Lord though and the latter is taken to score.
CALL ME LORD (WIN) - NAP
The curtain closer on an epic days action see’s us tackling a wide open handicap hurdle and a hunch vote is immediately handed to Winning Spark. A three time winner to date over hurdles his current price when coupled with the ground and track offers plenty of hope and his yard saddled a winner the other day, granted its a speculative vote he looks as good a bet as any and is at least fairly consistent. Daytime Ahead is another consistent type and makes most appeal of those towards the head of the market, he too hails from a yard who have recently saddled a winner.
WINNING SPARK (E/W)
written by Chris Connolly
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