Good ground forecast at Southwell for today’s jumps card and connections look to have found a gilt-edged opportunity for Faustinovick in the opener, but he cannot be recommended given the form of the Tizzard yard who continue to disappoint.
Danse Idol would have finished third at Ludlow last time on her first start for Dan Skelton had it not been for Liberty Bella coming down when challenging and she is entitled to come on for the run. Her fencing was careful on that occasion and I remember her jumping out to the right on occasions over timber.
Henry Daly had a welcome winner at his local track last week and Black Tulip (1.00) is taken to score under Tom O’Brien returning from a near three-month lay-off. The mare – 2s with Unibet – was a winner at Uttoxeter on her penultimate start and lost nothing in defeat at Cheltenham when runner up back in December. Michael Scudamore has his string in very good form after a quiet spell, and Northern Beau is considered the main danger to the Daly runner.
Dan Skelton has several good opportunities on the card, but he may have to pay second fiddle with Embole to Michael Scudamore’s Mr Chua (3.05) who made all at Catterick last week in a conditional jockey’s contest and can race from the same mark this afternoon. The selection – 6/4 with Boylesports – improved on the level last summer and it could be significant that he ran very well twice in five days back in September. He looks sure to be given a big hike in the weights from the weekend and, at the time of writing, he has four further entries on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Donald McCain runners were disappointing over the weekend and I will certainly not be supporting any of their runners in the short term. Jamie Snowden has pulled up few trees this term but his string have been running well in defeat of late, and Up For Parol (2.10) is taken to land the opening maiden hurdle at Wetherby.
The selection – 6/4 with 10bet – was well backed in a stronger race at Doncaster at the end of January on his first start under rules when he travelled powerfully over an additional quarter mile. His point win came over 3m, but he travelled powerfully in south Yorkshire and the drop to the minimum trip is considered a plus. Four of the yard’s last six runners have finished runner up but I hope this one strikes gold.
Nick Kent had a winner at Doncaster on Saturday and Dexcite (2.45) is taken to land the novices’ handicap chase. The selection – 7/2 with Boylesports – has never fulfilled the potential he showed as a novice hurdler for Tom George, but he was in the process of running well when coming down at the last at Catterick last time on ground softer than ideal.
Oscar Robertson (3.50) looked a non-stayer at Newcastle over three miles last time and drops back in distance by half a mile in a terrific handicap chase. The selection – 9/4 with BetVictor– won here over timber and looks sure to run his race. Ian Williams had three winners on Saturday and his Solar Impulse rates the main danger although he has yet to prove as effective over this trip.