Exeter are inspecting at 8am on Sunday with strong winds and heavy rain forecast. If racing gets the green light look out for Strong Pursuit (3.30) in the Veterans’ Chase for Philip Hobbs. The selection was entitled to need his comeback when he made most until lack of a recent run took its toll. He is 7lbs below his last winning mark and has just turned ten which means he and former Festival winner Missed Approach are the babies of the 11-runner field.
Over at Punchestown and I hope to see Yanworth (1.45) cement his Festival claims in the opening Cross Country Chase having come down at Cheltenham when last seen in December.