ALAN has picks from Ascot and Southwell today as he looks to build on his 7-2 winner and 11-2 place yesterday.
DUSTIN DES MOTTES, a dual winner in France on very soft ground, will find conditions to suit at Ascot. Dr Richard Newland’s gelding was taken off his feet by free-running Knocknanuss at Newbury when the track was possibly riding a tad too quick but this handicap chase should be run at a less frenetic gallop.
THOMAS DARBY scored for Olly Murphy at Cheltenham in October before losing out by a head to useful Didtheyleaveuoutoo over course and distance when sent off favourite. That sets a good standard.
KAPGARRY (3.05), a Wetherby winner in October, found Grade 2 company too hot when only fifth to Coolanly at Cheltenham’s big November fixture. Jordan Nailor takes of a useful 6lb and if all 16 runners go to post, Kapgarry is a nice each-way bet at double-digit odds.
COUSIN KHEE has competed twice over the extreme 2m 2f trip at Southwell and emerged victorious on both occasions. Hughie Morrison’s veteran fared well enough behind The Last Debutante here over a shorter trip last time out to suggest he can complete the 2m 2f hat-trick.