Race 1- 888Sport Handicap Hurdle
ERICK LE ROUGE has won his last three and has gone up a whopping 22lbs since his win in class four company in October. He stayed on well to win last time out on Boxing Day and he gets 7lbs taken off by claimer Chester Williams, counteracting the top weight burden. Hopefully the handicapper hasn’t court up with him yet. Rhythm Is A Dancer could go well at a big price as well. He’ll be suited to the track and has a good weight.
Selections- Erick Le Rouge / Rhythm Is A Dancer (EW)
Race 2- 888Sport Pendil Novices Chase (Grade 2)
Secret Investor ran a good race last time out behind well regarded Ok Corral when a nasty blunder ended his chances. He was beaten nine lengths by BAGS GROOVE in November and the latter found Grade One company too hot last time and, despite carrying 5lbs more than Secret Investor, he can get back to winning ways.
Selection- Bags Groove
Race 3- 888Sport Take ‘Em On Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
This is a really open contest with a lot of unexposed horses. PROTEKTORAT ran a decent race when getting tired behind the smart Fakir D’ Oudairies to be fifth. 10/1 looks a big price as Fusil Raffles is having his first run for Nicky Henderson but the filly Giving Glances could be a threat.
Race4- Sky Bet Dovecote Novices Hurdle (Grade 2)
ANGELS BREATH has been very much a talking horse of late and connections are on about Plan E, I would guess, for this horse’s Cheltenham preperation. He is well-fancied for the Supreme and he is currently unbeaten after demolishing a grade two field. Tokey Dokey is also unbeaten and could be a bit of value as he beat a horse of Jane Williams’ I like a lot on his second start. Can’t see him winning but has place claims.
Selection- Angels Breath
Race 5- 888Sport Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Top weight Double Shuffle is an excellent horse and this is a drop in grade for him from the grade one company he ran in last season. He has to give 9lbs to TALKISCHEAP though and I really fancy the Alan King horse in this. He followed in La Bague Au Roi on his first two chase starts and then won a two runner race earlier this year. He wasn’t beaten far last time and he looks a progressive chaser. Could be well treated.
Race 6- 888Sport Bet 10 Get 30 Handicap Chase
Another Crick finally got off the mark at the end of 2018 and the form has been boosted. CONNA CROSS won over course and distance in April 2018 and he hasn’t ran that badly since. He is dropping to a winnable mark and was just beaten over further last time out so gets a tentative vote.
Selection- Conna Cross
Race 7- 888Sport Take ‘Em On Standard Open NH Flat Race
CHANTRY HOUSE was bought for a gigantic £295, 000 after beating a nice horse from the same ownership in a maiden point to point. He is a half brother to three winners so gets the nod. Logan Rocks brings in some consistent form into this, Faire Part Sivola won nicely on debut but may not have my selection’s class and Enrillo is dropping in class so he’s a threat but he’s penalised for that.
Selection- Chantry House