With a course record of two wins from two starts, SHOWBOATING (Catterick, nap, 3.40) tops the shortlist for an interesting seven-furlong handicap at the north Yorkshire venue today.
Despite a decade of sustained success, it is perhaps surprising Willie Mullins is yet to land the Irish Grand National. TOUCH THE EDEN (Fairyhouse, 5.00) and last year’s runner-up Away We Go provide the Irish Champion trainer with a terrific chance of registering that landmark victory and preference is for the former who comes into the race looking to complete a hat-trick.
KARAKA JACK (Musselburgh, nap, 3.05) does not immediately leap from the racecard but this is his time of year and he should be fully wound up on Sunday.
Connections of LOVING SPIRIT (Kempton, nap, 3.30) will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky for their charge in Saturday’s running of the London Mile Qualifier.
The BHA and ARC Leisure have been true to their word and put on a terrific card at Lingfield on Friday, with the finale worth a staggering £124,000 to the winner.
BUYWISE (Cheltenham, 3.50) ran an incredible race at the festival to take fifth in a hot handicap and a fluent round of jumping can see him find the winner’s enclosure again on Wednesday.
Drying conditions and some jaded horses ensures that punting can be tough at this time of year and I’m hoping SIR KEZBAAH (Exeter, nap, 2.30) can cause a shock in a well-contested handicap on Tuesday.