It’s not Cheltenham time yet and we have plenty to keep us busy in the meantime at Sandown, Hereford and Warwick this weekend.
Harry Skelton will head to Sandown for us where we start with Diomede Des Mottes in the EBF Final (1.50). He was the last horse to get in.
We can forgive him for his last run at Ludlow as his previous two runs were certainly good enough to give him a chance in this. I am sure he will stay the trip and he will like a bit of soft ground
Solomon Grey runs in the Imperial Cup (2.25). He’s got a little weight in this. He ran well in the Lanzarote last time and although I think this is a strong race, I think he has an each-way chance.
Potters Approach (3.35) is probably a bit better going left-handed but he’s got to get started again. He won well at Chepstow in the autumn but we need to put things back together a bit after a break.
I think the ground will be too soft for Bandsman (4.10) and I also think that the handicapper has got him way too high so I think he will struggle.
At Hereford, we have one in the form of Redzor (5.10). He is top rated in this. He won last time in a competitive race and he has got to have a chance here.
On Sunday, we go to Warwick with five runners.
Flash The Steel (1.50) is about top rated here as well. Ideally we don’t want any more rain but based on his Cheltenham run he would have a big chance.
Whatduhaytoget has got to give weight all around in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (2.20) but she has been in good form at home although I do think she will improve a bit for the run.
Harry Fry’s one, Dalila Du Seuil, will be very hard to beat getting that weight.
No Getaway (3.25) was a bit disappointing last time at Wetherby. Hopefully we can put that moderate run behind us.
Supremely Lucky (5.00) wasn’t quite so good last time but he has been very consistent and hopefully he can get another one next to his name at some point. He always puts his best foot forward .
We run Shan Blue in the last (5.30). He is a very nice horse from the point-to-point field, however, there is a big talking horse in this of Nicky Henderson’s called Chantry House.
If the shouts are to be believed, he’ll be very hard to beat. We go there with the expectations that our horse will run well as he’s a proper one for the future. Alan King’s horse has very good form in this too.