Today’s feature race The Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury has been won by a few of those pursuing greats with Arkle, Post time for Grand National 2020, Mill House, Denman and also the ill-fated Grand National winner Many Clouds among its roll of honor.
I’m reluctant to desert West Approach who did such a favour when scoring at Cheltenham on BetVictor Gold Cup afternoon but he had a difficult race on that occasion and also my two against the area are Mister Malarky and De Rasher Counter (3.00) with marginal preference for the latter who is 10/1 at BetVictor and gets the every manner vote — five locations.
The choice transported 11st 12lbs to victory in a precious novices’ handicap chase in Uttoxeter back in the spring, and the second and third are subsequent winners. post time for Grand National 2020. He’s 9lbs higher today but top conditional Ben Jones takes a valuable 5lbs and the couple must know each other in a spin on timber back in the Staffordshire track a month.
Jonjo O’Neill rides Mister Malarky (9/1 in BetVictor) who is fitted using cheek-pieces for the first time and he’s entitled to come on for his Ascot reappearance. He strikes me as a Grand National horse moving forward but he looks certain to run a huge race. It was a bad renewal of the great race in 2018 — no such sentiments this year. This really is a cracking race.
This will be the softest ground that Floressa (12.05) has raced on which will be a small concern, but she’s taken to reverse recent C&D form with Silver Forever on 3lbs better terms for the brief mind she was behind that rival. The excellent Gavin Cromwell brings Jeremy’s Flame throughout the Irish Sea and she’s won two of her three barrier begins. Grand National coverage. It’ll be fascinating to see what the marketplace makes of her opportunity.
I am quite keen to undertake likely odds on favorite Reserve Tank at the close 3m novice chase although I feel the Tizzard’s double Grade 1 winning hurdler will be better served by Newbury than had been the case at Wincanton last time.
Danny Whizzbang (12.40) won both hurdles last season for Paul Nicholls but has the potential to be a better chaser and he receives 5lbs from the likely favorite. post time for Grand National 2020. The selection created all at Exeter back in February and I expect Harry Cobden ensures that Reserve Tank will need to stay every yard of this excursion.
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Despite the steadier of 11st 12lbs I believe Jerrysback could be nicely treated in the 2m 6f disability chase but the every way vote belongs to Westend Story (1.15) who drifted like a barge and ran as if in need of his comeback when beaten more than 20L in Uttoxeter last month. The selection runs in the colors of this Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club and members are known to have a tilt at the ring.
From the Gerry Feilden Handicap hurdle, my 2 against the area are Nick Alexander’s Elvis Mail — who makes the long journey south from Kinneston in Scotland — and Henderson’s Epatante (2.25) with the latter getting the vote. post time for Grand National 2020. The choice could not deal with all the hurly-burly and undulations of Cheltenham in the mares’ novices’ hurdle back from the spring — moved favorite — and also at 4/1 with BetVictor I would be disappointed if she did not run a huge race.
Newcastle must pass an 8 am inspection this morning. In case the meeting gets the green light, I expect to visit Imperial Alcazar (12.55) follow up his current Aintree victory in”The French Furze” Novices’ hurdle for Paddy Brennan and Fergal O’Brien. Grand National live stream.
Buveur D’Air cannot be opposed at the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth while I hope to see Lemon T (2.40) conduct a huge race on his hurdles debut for Ruth Jefferson. post time for Grand National 2020. The choice made to acquire a Bumper here last term and the grey may have most to fear by Sue Smith’s Rare Clouds that will appreciate the yield to the minimum trip.
In Bangor I anticipate Jelski (2.30) to break his maiden label for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies having formed with guarantee when next in a better race than that — supporting his stablemate — in Aintree last moment.
The choice was beaten over 4L by Envoi Allen in a Bumper last year, but that has been his lone reverse in four starts and he looked very good at Cork on his hurdles debut. Post time for Grand National 2020.