FONTWELL is the destination today for an excellent card with a great combination of novice chases and competitive handicaps.
The top stables and top jockeys are well represented, including Richard Johnson, Jamie Moore and recent Grand National winner Jason Maguire.
Richard Johnson is the jockey on our first selection, GORES ISLAND in the 5.20, the bumper. He finished second to Knights Pass, the long time ante post favourite for the Cheltenham Festival bumper, and is expected to be a real classy hurdler in time to come. The Noel Chance five year old is very well bred, and should come on for the run. The only negative is the lack of stable form, with only one winner in the last 7 weeks. However Dickie Johnson on the other hand is in great form, and hopefully that can rub off on the horse.
We switch codes for our remaining selections, and move our focus to the picturesque surroundings of Bath, which hosts an evening meeting tonight that includes a seven race card. The feature is the 6:00 – R and R Ices Handicap. A horse that immediately jumps off the page is the Amanda Perrett trained HUFF AND PUFF, who has some tremendous form in the book in his relatively short racing career. His debut was a promising fifth in a tough Newmarket maiden that had 11 subsequent winners come out of it. He then broke his maiden tag, before debuting in a handicap, finishing again fifth behind St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos and ahead of future successful hurdlers Higgys Ragazzo and King’s Parade. He has run well fresh and may be able to defy top weight here.
We turn out attention, finally, to Pontefract, and it is of interest that Ryan Moore travels there to take one ride for his boss Sir Michael Stoute. He rides the promising Dansili colt CHIEFDOM PRINCE. He was relatively disappointing when finishing second last time out in a Nottingham maiden, travelling well but finding little of the bridle. He has been dropped in trip from a mile to 6 furlongs, which should suit given how his races have panned out thus far. His chances have also been backed up with third in the maiden winning next time out, and given the fact it looks a relatively weak race on paper, he should be able to make it third time lucky,
Chiefdom Prince – 4.10 Pontefract
Gores Island – 5.20 Fontwell
Huff and Puff – 6.00 Bath