Friday, 13 April 2007

2 pts win UNGARO 11/2 ( Generally available) Mildmay Novices Chase
1 pt win FAASEL 6/1 ( Ladbrokes) Mildmay Novices Chase

A return to a flat track should enable Ungaro to produce something near the level of his Feltham form, which would probably be suffice to win this. He dosen't have much to make up on Aces Four on Cheltenham running, and makes plenty of appeal here.

This early stage in his chase career may be the best time to catch the frustrating Faasel right. The stables runners are primed for this meeting, and if he's ever going to get this type of trip then it's going to be on this track under the prevailing conditions.

Lost - 3pts

3 pts win MONET'S GARDEN 11/2 ( Generally available) Melling Chase

With reports about the ground being positive there can be no excuses for this gelding today. He was clearly not himself from an early stage last time, yet only has four lengths to make up on Taranis. If he had foregone Cheltenham he'd be under half of his current odds here. The reservations about Well Chief's Newbury form still apply - and there are now further questions concerning the trip. At the peak of his career, over a course and distance that is perfect, and at a meeting where the Nicky Richards runners excel, this is the day to get stuck into Monet's.

Won + 16.5 pts

1.5 pts win OSANA 4.3/1 ( Betfair) Imagine Appeal Top Novices Hurdle
1.5 pts win DE SOTO 3.1/1 ( Betfair)Imagine Appeal Top Novices Hurdle

Osana was far from disgraced in the County Hurdle and remains a horse of considerable interest, being one who has possibilities of developing into a champion hurdle contender next season. He is a more reliable proposition than Ouninpohja and will appreciate not having a cavalry of 30 chasing him down today !

De Soto is a quality individual who very nearly took the Cheltenham Bumper on good ground, and proved that he is up with the top level of novices with his run in the Supreme Novices. He showed at Kempton that this track will be no hindrance and can be relied upon to be involved
at the business end here.

Lost - 3 pts

1 pt win REVEILLEZ 4.6/1 ( Betfair) Betfair Handicap Chase
1 pt win COPSALE LAD 5.8/1 ( Betfair) Betfair Handicap Chase

The lightly raced Reveillez has proven form in a big field on good ground. There may be further improvement left in him and he is of considerable interest attempting this trip under the prevailing conditions .

Copsale Lad filled the runner up spot behing Reveillez in last year's Jewson, before running a fine race here behind Star De Mohaison. The Henderson runners are acquitting themselves well at the moment and it will be disappointing if this guy does not figure here.

Reveillez won + 3.6 pts