ICE CANYON gave Alan a nice little 8-1 earner on Friday and he has six fancies for a busy Saturday's racing.
BREDEN can complete an all-weather hat-trick at Lingfield. Robert Winston has won four times on the gelding and a 2lb rise for beating Brittanic at Chelmsford City is very fair. Breden had a bit to spare at Kempton previously when pulling clear of Michele Strogoff and he has won over this longer 1m 2f trip on the turf.
ELIXIR DE NUTZ (2.25) is fancied to continue Colin Tizzard’s good run by landing the Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown. The gelding strode clear of Jarveys Plate at Cheltenham in mid-December and the runner-up boosted the form in no uncertain terms on a return visit to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, powering up the hill for a 13 lengths victory.
Likely favourite Rathhill looked useful when winning a Newbury maiden for Nicky Henderson/ JP McManus but Elixir De Nutz sets the bar fairly high.
The veterans’ chase is a much more wide-open event, with 17 runners declared. Last year’s winner Buywise bids to follow up but RATHLIN ROSE (3.00) is the each-way call.
David Pipe has his team in good nick and Rathlin Rose is a three-time course winner. The 11-year-old has been given a nice break since running fourth to Loose Chips in November.
MONSIEUR LECOQ was different class from some modest opposition when landing some hefty wagers at Ffos Las and should be able to handle a rise in grade now going handicapping off what looks a lenient mark. He made all at the Welsh track and similar forcing tactics are likely to be employed.
TEDHAM moves into handicap company on the back of an excellent second to Getaway Trump in an Exeter novices’ hurdle back in early December. Getaway Trump underlined the value of that form by chasing home the very useful Champ at Newbury last week and Jonjo O’Neill’s five-year-old is a very interesting runner.
CATAMARAN DU SEUIL can upset a few better-fancied rivals in the BetVictor Handicap Chase. He was taken off his feet by Frodon at Cheltenham but Dr Richard Newland had earlier sent him to Wetherby in search of good ground and Catamaran Du Seuil duly hacked up.
Paul Nicholls is always to be respected at his local track and Copain De Classe isn’t without a chance if you are prepared to forgive a disappointing effort last time.