After a quiet week, we have 10 runners spread across three tracks this weekend. First up, we make the short trip to Perth on Saturday where we have both Lucky Flight and Vino’s Choice taking their chance in the 2m handicap chase. A course and distance winner last summer, Lucky Flight needs to bounce back having been pulled up at Ayr with an irregular heartbeat, but with that seemingly a one-off, we are hopeful he can get back on track under conditions that suit. Vino’s Choice will appreciate the ground far more than the heavy he raced on over hurdles last time, and whilst he generally keeps lesser company than this, he would have an each-way chance on the pick of his form. Our other runner today is Gripper, who steps up in trip in the 3m handicap hurdle. He is being kept busy, mixing it between the Flat and hurdles, but if he’s on a going day he’s more than capable of making an impact.
The show moves onto Hexham on Sunday with Ash Hill holding a leading chance in the 2m novice chase. This comes quite soon after his fine second at Perth, but a reproduction of that effort would make him the one to beat. Two others who look to hold sound claims are recent course and distance winner Prince Dundee in the 3m handicap chase and Methodtothemadness, who is one of two runners for us in the 2m4f handicap chase. Prince Dundee simply loves Hexham, having gained all three wins at the track, whilst Methodtothemadness ran a big race when third at Cartmel on what was effectively her chasing debut and is open to further improvement. Third at Bangor last time, Voix d’Eau takes his chance alongside Methodtothemadness but more will be required in a deeper race here. The same can be said of Petite Rhapsody, our runner in the 2m4f maiden hurdle. Third at Perth on his hurdling debut, the step in trip will suit, but this does appear a stronger race. We also run Celtic Flames in the 2m4f handicap hurdle and expect him to improve for last month’s return to action at Perth. He drops in grade tomorrow but is perhaps still a little high in the handicap following a successful spell last autumn.
Finally, we have Theglasgowwarrior making his debut for the yard on the Flat at Pontefract. He has been off the course for 639 days, and we are looking forward to seeing him back on track and this 1m4f contest looks an ideal starting point.