Five horses to look out for this weekend at Punchestown, Aintree, and Sandown
It is’the most amazing time of the year’ as Andy Williams once sung along with the jump racing proceeds thick and fast from the build-up to Christmas on Racing TV this weekend.the Grand national 2020.
Saturday’s action features a historical Christmas cracker at Sandown Park with a number of Britain and Ireland’s top-rated chasers facing in the Grade One Tingle Creek, the Grand national 2020,whilst the Grand National fences are in use at Aintree for the Becher Chase along with the Grand Sefton.
We’ve taken a peek at five horses to follow this weekend.
Watch how Presenting Percy landed the 2018 RSA Chase
A real fan favorite, Presenting Percy endured an interrupted effort last term which did not see that the eight-year-old run until January when landing the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park.
Favorite for the Gold Cup in March, a litany of mistakes put paid to his opportunities and he ended the race lame.the Grand national 2020,
But connections seem delighted with his preparation for this event and it’s difficult to overlook his seven-length romp at the 2018 RSA Chase at Cheltenham in which he slammed a field including Monalee, Elegant Escape, the Grand national 2020,Black Corton and subsequent Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo!
This looks a sexy renewal of the John Durkan, but it would be folly to write off Presenting Percy, the Grand national 2020. who keeps untapped potential for the period ahead.
Watch how Native American River fared in last year’s Gold Cup
The 2018 Gold Cup hero returns to action at Aintree on Saturday! The nine-year-old has failed to win in three starts since his success in jump racing’s blue riband event, but he finished a fine third in last year’s King Goerge on a track which clearly doesn’t suit himbefore finishing fourth in this year’s Gold Cup.
Connections reported before this term which they’d require a more patient approach with this term and racing enthusiasts could be in for a belter of a contest as he chooses on 2018 Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite, who’s also looking to return to sort.
Colin Tizzard’s charge is a course and distance winner, having plundered the Mildmay Novices’ Chase back in 2016 and tender conditions would match the son of Indian River.
This race will inform connections plenty about which race that they aim over Christmas with a duplicate bid at the Welsh Grand National being muted.
Step Back finished third at the Bet365 Gold Cup on his final start last season
A horse that clearly has latent ability, epitomised by his own facile 13-length win in the bet365 Gold Cup over course and distance in 2018.
Quietly fancied for the past year’s Grand National, he faded tamely having jumped out to his right on several events before returning to Sandown after that month to complete a breaking third when trying to shield his bet365 Gold Cup crown.
Clearly fragile, the son of Indian River includes a penchant for both Sandown and he may just need this on his first run of the season, he is a horse to keep on the right side of this season.
The Bradstock’s, who’ve enjoyed great success with Carruthers and Coneygree, have a knack for getting the most out of their small team. Bearing that in mind, a handicap mark of 144 might only underestimate him he could land another big-pot across the way this expression.
See how Mulcahys Hill defeated Wholestone at Cheltenham
Confirmed as a planned runner by Warren Greatrex this week, Mulcahys Hill retains an attractive profile which suggests he may be satisfied from the Grand National fences.
A short-head second from the 2017 Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury, his handler implied that race abandoned its mark on him for the rest of the year, but he seemed a rejuvenated horse on his first start in Cheltenham in October.
The seven-year-old got the better of Wholestone, that has won because over fences, on this occasion and he jumped with aplomb through the contest. The Becher has been the plan ever since and, despite just five starts over fences, he has the size and scope to make his presence felt in Saturday’s competition. the Grand national 2020.
His leaping is a major advantage and when taking to the exceptional test which these fences provide, he appears a significant player, given that his stamina-laden credentials for this type of job.
Edwardstone scored narrowly at Wincanton last time out
Recognized by his coach, Alan King, as among his best novice hurdlers, the son of Kayf Tara failed to win in three starts in bumpers, but on his final start in that sphere, he chased home the thrilling Chantry House, trained by Nicky Henderson.
Edwardstone’s initial run over hurdles arrived at a hot-looking event at Wincanton that he duly won with an exemplary display of jumping. The five-year-old exhibited a powerful turn of foot to conquer the well-touted Fiddlerontheroof and it’s interesting to observe how large he can position from the newcomer hurdling branch this term.
King’s charge will need to flex a penalty at Aintree or Exeter this weekend, however, the Grand national 2020, he’s certainly one to watch through the winter.