Nicky Richards has picked out a race at Carlisle to get Duke Of Navan back to winning ways after he was turned over at long odds-on at Ayr a week ago.
The seven-year-old looked a fine prospect for novice chases when beating Urban Hymn at Carlisle in October but suffered a heavy fall at Cheltenham on his next start.
Wincanton's meeting on Thursday is already in serious doubt after officials announced an inspection for 4pm this afternoon.
Groundstaff have been unable to work on the track since the Somerset circuit's latest fixture last Wednesday due to waterlogging.
It’s desperate stuff over the jumps on Monday with two bottom of the barrel meetings at Fakenham and Southwell. Trainer Lucy Wadham is usually a force to be reckoned with at the former course and she may well have found a winning opportunity for her useful young chaser, Artifice Sivola, in the handicap chase (4.00) at the quaint Norfolk venue.
Last-time out Southwell winners switching from Fibresand to Wolverhampton’s Tapeta surface have a terrible record, with only one winning and that was an odds-on shot in a three-runner claimer. Plenty of these go off at short prices and are worth opposing. Another angle is to look out for them at a more suitable track on their next outing. Last week’s well-backed Chelmsford City scorer Brassbound is a good example. He won at Southwell, was beaten when 5-2jf at Wolverhampton and then bounced back to score on the slower Chelmsford City Polytrack.
The 2015 Cheltenham Festival is just a week away now and all roads lead to Prestbury Park. March is a pivotal month in the National Hunt season and we have loads going on throughout the next few weeks to keep any horse racing fan satisfied!!