CLAN DES OBEAUX landed the King George VI Chase yesterday and now another packed day of racing beckons.
The Welsh Grand National takes place at Chepstow and Thommo fancies Folsom Blue to be in the mix.
TOP GAMBLE (1.05) is usually a safe conveyance so it was something of a surprise to see him exit early at Cheltenham. A repeat of his third to Le Prezien in the Grand Annual Chase at the festival in March would give him a big each-way chance in this open 2m 3f handicap. Top Gamble is 3lb lower and handles soft ground.
Quel Destin has won four of his last five starts and sets a high standard in the Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle. However, ex-French recruit ADJALI looked top drawer on his UK debut for Nicky Henderson at Market Rasen earlier this month.
The handicapper has taken his retribution on TRUCKERS LODGE for a wide-margin course and distance victory in the mud, handing the Nicholls gelding a whopping 13lb rise. Such was the ease of his success that it might not be enough to prevent a follow-up.
FOLSOM BLUE can land the Coral Welsh Grand National for master trainer Gordon Elliott. The gelding had a pipe-opener over hurdles at Haydock last month, running fourth to useful Paisley Park, and he stays extreme distances as proved with a running-on fourth in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April.
Folsom Blue won the Irish Grand National Trial at Punchestown on heavy ground and he gets the vote over Ramses De Teillee and Elegant Escape. Ramses De Teillee has a tremendous Chepstow record, with form figures reading 2-1-1-1 from four visits, while Elegant Escape produced another solid performance in chasing home impressive Sizing Tennessee in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.
NEBUCHADNEZZAR was sent off odds-on to make a winning hurdling debut at Bangor but ran into subsequent Cheltenham winner Nelson River. There was a yawning 38 lengths gap back to the third and Alan King’s gelding sets a decent standard in what could prove an above-average juvenile hurdle.
SPRINGTOWN LAKE (3.05) could have a few pounds up his sleeve in the 32Red.com Handicap Chase at Kempton. He hunted up useful Mr Whipped at Haydock conceding weight to the winner and would have finished closer if jumping the last better. Fourth horse Treshnish, beaten 20 lengths, has since won in good style. Springtown Lake had scored previously at Sandown and remains on the same mark.