I’m not convinced Guetapan Collonges (3.20) beat a great deal at Wetherby last time, but he was visually very impressive, and I think connections have found another good opportunity stepped up to three miles for the first time at Market Rasen.
The selection – 7/4 with Boylesports – was certainly not stopping over 2m 5f+ on heavy ground last time and has won going right-handed over timber. William Kennedy keeps the ride, and the selection looks to have fellow 6-y-old Animal – a recent winner at Fakenham – to beat.
There are no prices about Doctor Parnassus – half brother to Grade 1 winning hurdler Metier – at the time of writing for the opener at Taunton but the Dan Skelton-trained juvenile is likely to be odds on to make it two out of two. He looked smart when scoring at Ascot on debut although that was not the strongest juvenile hurdle ever ran at the track given the short-priced favourite was a Paul Nicholls trained horse and the Ditcheat team have struggled for form in recent weeks.
I have been waiting for the Kayley Woollacott yard to hit form and they had a good winner at Chepstow at the weekend courtesy of Enermouse. It would be no surprise to see Eros double for the yard in the 2m 4f handicap chase given underfoot conditions – good to soft good in places are perfect.
The vote, however, goes to top-weight Bold Conduct (4.10) who is fitted with a first-time tongue-tie for his handicap/chase debut. The selection beat Sidi Ismail – now rated 135 – in his sole point in his native Ireland on decent ground and he has the size and scope to be a useful handicap chaser. He did go out tamely on soft ground at Wincanton last time, but I do believe that he could be thrown in from a mark of 102. The opening 9/2 with William Hill looked generous and he is into 2s at the time of posting with the same firm.
Earlier on in the card former Grade 1 winning novice chaser Slate House will have his supporters in the 3m handicap chase but this is a big week for trainer Harry Fry who looks to have two live chances in the Betfair Hurdle this weekend with Metier and Boothill.
I thought Revel’s Hill (3.00) would have won at Southwell last time had he not dived at four out and I hope that he can get his head in front under Kevin Brogan who was in the plate when they combined to score at Warwick over timber back in April.
My only concern is that the selection jumped left at Southwell last time and also at Hereford on his penultimate start when runner up to an unexposed sort of Sam Thomas who has gone in again. I think he would be something to bet on going the other way round. His win between the flags at Badbury Rings in Dorset was also left-handed. There was 9/2 available first thing but he is a best price of 11/4 with Boylesports at the time of posting.