Saturday, 10 March 2012

1.5pts win OFF THE GROUND 10/1 (Generally available) Paddypower Novices´ H'cap Hdle Final
1.5pts win MERRY KING 14/1 (Betfair) Paddypower Novices´ H'cap Hdle Final

A typically interesting renewal of this event and Off the Ground has as strong as claims as any, having the usual progressive profile with the promise of a lot more to come after winning for the first time in a big field over course and distance last time.

Merry King has won his last two races in testing conditions and may be capable of much better on todays surface. He cost quite a considerable sum at the sales after winning a pt to pt and connections will no doubt have lofty long term ambitions for him.

Lost - 3pts

1.5pts win DEVIL TO PLAY 10/1 (Betfair) Paddy Power Imperial Cup
1.5pts win SIRE DE GRUGY 10/1 (Generally available) Paddy Power Imperial Cup

These two occupied the first two spots at Taunton last month and should both go very well again.

Alan King excels with his handicap hurdlers and Devil To Play who ideally wants further than this shopuld nevertheless be fine if this is strongly run on this track and he will not be far away.

Sire De Grugy has a small pull with the King horse and has the samne sort of chance of taking this. The Taunton run came on the back of a cracking effort in the Betfair Hurdle and Gary Moore is another handler who has a fine in the valuable handicap hurles down the years.

Lost - 3pts