AUCHTERARDER (6.20) was seriously impressive when dashing four lengths clear at Wolverhampton last month and is fancied to go in again on a return trip to Dunstall Park.
This Conditions Stakes is tougher and Mark Johnston steps his filly up another furlong, but she rates a cracking bet around 5-1. Saeed Bin Suroor's Kempton scorer Raaeb is a short-priced favourite and returns from a short break.
ALL YOURS (7.20) has never been in better form and he remains competitive following a 3lb rise for his latest success at Kempton. Favourite Paths Of Glory was edged out by Francis Xavier 16 days ago and precious little separates that pair at the weights. Paths Of Glory had a neck to spare over All Yours when they clashed at Ffos Las in August but All Yours is 9lb better off this evening.
There is some tremendous jumps action this afternoon and POLITOLOGUE (3.00) rates a standout each-way bet in a tantalising Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.
Defi Du Seuil is a short-priced favourite to land the prestigious two-miler and his devastating finishing kick could well prove decisive up the hill. However, he had just over a length in hand of Politologue in the Schloer Chase at Cheltenham last month and the Paul Nicholls-trained grey is 3lb better off.
Politologue defeated Fox Norton two years ago and Nicholls has plundered this race ten times with the likes of Kauto Star, Twist Magic and Master Minded. Politologue is trading around 9-2 and it will be difficult to kick him out of the first three if all eight runners go to post.
The same remark applies to Un De Sceaux as it is hard to conceive he won't be thereabouts. The gelding has been a magnificent servant to Willie Mullins and comes out on top on official figures. The 2016 winner chased home Altior last year, with Sceau Royal a disappointing last of four. Despite approaching the age of 12, front-running Un De Sceaux will make them all go, especially if the track comes up very soft.
At Aintree, KIMBERLITE CANDY (1.30) has several things in his favour at decent odds in the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old goes well fresh, handles deep ground and stays well, and trainer Tom Lacey has chosen this 3m 2f target ahead of another engagement in the London National at Sandown.
The JP McManus-owned Kimberlite Candy found four miles over-stretching his stamina reserves when sent off favourite (fifth) for the Eider Chase at Newcastle in February, but his earlier staying-on Sandown third over three miles reads well enough to give him definite ew prospects. He has crept in near the bottom of the weights and wears cheek-pieces for the first time.
Sponsors Virgin Bet must be thrilled to have attracted 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup protagonists NATIVE RIVER (2.40) and Might Bite in the 3m 1f chase. They are both course and distance winners but Native River may be better equipped to handle very soft conditions. Interestingly, Native River is equipped with blinkers, while Might Bite is wearing cheek-pieces, both for the first time. Throw in popular Black Corton and this isn’t one to miss.
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