2.25pm Yarmouth – Stylehunter 1pt Win (8/1)
Some nice pedigrees on show here and I’m taking John Gosden’s Stylehunter to land the spoils. He took a real step forward from his debut effort when finishing third at Kempton last time, he was hampered late on there and would have pushed the winner very close if it wasn’t for that. He should be able to put his experience to good use and it’s interesting that William Buick is making the trip to Yarmouth with this his only ride on the card.
3.05pm Ludlow – The Happy Chappy 2pts Win (5/1)
The Happy Chappy found class 2 company a bit too hot to handle at Sandown last time out, but a return to the scene of his last success in a class 3 will be much more suitable. He showed a good attitude when winning here in November, sticking on strongly to get to the leader who had stolen a march on the field and the pair were 14-lengths clear of the third. James Bowen takes off 3lbs meaning making The Happy Chappy effectively just 1lb above his last winning mark.
3.35pm Ludlow – Theatrebar 1pt Win (8/1)
A lightly raced 10 year old for Dan Skelton, Theatrebar is very unexposed as a stayer and being a half brother to Milansbar I can see there being improvement to come. He’s only had the two runs this season and last time out he wasn’t disgraced in a more competitive race than this, he’s two from two at Ludlow and can go well under Bridget Andrews.
4.20pm Punchestown – Sharjah 1pt Each Way (14/1)
Getabird is likely to be a warm order for this contest but he’s far from unbeatable. Sharjah has been waiting for this better ground all season and finally gets it today, I remember Patrick Mullins saying that he was too big of a price up against Samcro in the Deloitte and the better the ground the better he’ll be. He ran well in the Supreme under conditions that didn’t suit and on a sounder surface today, I think he’ll outrun his odds.
4.55pm Punchestown – Ballyoisin 1pt Win (7/1)
Ballyoisin has been well enough found in the market, but there is no hiding the fact that he looks absolutely chucked in off a mark of 131. He showed marked improvement this winter with a handicap win over Doctor Phoenix (who runs in the Champion Chase) and a close second to Disko in a Grade 2 at Down Royal. Those efforts were both over fences but that means he benefits from a much reduced mark back over hurdles. If he returns in the kind of form that he left the track in at the backend of 2017, then he’ll make a mockery of this contest.
5.45pm Huntingdon – Darebin 2pts Win (11/4 bet365, 5/2 general)
Gary Moore’s charge holds some fair form and in truth this isn’t the strongest of contests and he should have a bit too much for his rivals. A winner off a mark of 123 earlier in the season, albeit a touch fortunately, but he has been behind some decent rivals this campaign including the likes of Bigmartre and Cyrname. Racing off 118, he drops in grade following his second in a class 2 last time out and can take this.