THE Dublin Festival will be the focus of JP McManus’s attention, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be keeping a keen eye on STAMP YOUR FEET (3.10) at Musselburgh.
McManus loves a tilt at the big Cheltenham handicaps and Stamp Your Feet can book his ticket to the March festival with a bold show in the 3m 2f Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
Precious little separates the Tom George-trained gelding with his recent Musselburgh conqueror Cresswell Legend but Stamp Your Feet handled the mud at Hereford when beating Rayvin Black. Odds of 9-2 make plenty of each-way appeal.
Nicky Henderson has come north in search of better ground for his Cheltenham-bound trio We Have A Dream (1.25), Claimantakinforgan (2.00) and Mr Whipped (2.35). Yesterday’s rain altered conditions quite significantly but all three are still very hard to oppose.
A short-priced treble will be the order of the day for many punters but I’d rather have an each-way dabble on a couple at Taunton.
VOLPONE JELOIS (2.50) has acquitted himself okay in a couple of spins on the Lingfield all-weather for Paul Nicholls’ daughter Megan but has the services of Sam Twiston-Davies now returned to hurdles.
He was on board when Volpone Jelois lost his maiden tag here last season and on five visits to the West Country track my selection has form figures of 1-2-2-3-2. If all eight runners go to post, odds of 13-2 will do nicely.
SCALES (4.00) is a 12-year-old now but he was travelling as well as anything when tipping up over course and distance five weeks ago.
The old boy ran out a game winner at Newton Abbot on heavy ground last October when today’s conditional rider Richard Patrick was in the saddle.