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WITH the Cheltenham Festival done and dusted for another year it's back to normal service on Saturday and Alan has five tips including nap Ms Parfois at Uttoxeter.
Emma Lavelle, still on cloud nine following Paisley Park’s fairytale Cheltenham victory, could saddle another winner courtesy of DE RASHER COUNTER in the novices’ handicap chase.
Her gelding chased home Now McGinty at Chepstow in January, with one of today’s chief rivals Captain Cattistock seven lengths adrift in third.
At Kempton, BURROWS EDGE heads the weights in the Matchbook VIP Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle over 2m 5f.
Nicky Henderson’s gelding won two novice hurdles but was off the track for 301 days before returning to action over course and distance last month, beaten a neck by Erick Le Rouge. A 2lb rise seems manageable.
With 20 runners declared for the 2m 3f handicap hurdle it may pay to shop around for the best enhanced each-way terms, with DR SANDERSON possessing the profile of a progressive young horse.
He joined Paul Nicholls after winning a bumper for Irish handler Stuart Crawford and Dr Sanderson won a novices’ hurdle at Ffos Las last month. Lorcan Williams claims 5lb.
EL TERREMOTO, a faller on both his previous starts, was just run out of it when sent off evens favourite at Kelso earlier this month but that completion should have done his confidence a power of good.
MS PARFOIS has a touch of class and that may give her the edge over a bunch of mostly exposed stayers in the Marston’s Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.
The eight-year-old hasn’t been seen since running sixth to Sizing Tennessee in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup) at Newbury in November.
Ms Parfois ran a stormer at last year’s Cheltenham festival when chasing home Rathvinden in the four-mile National Hunt Chase and she is given the nod over Folsom Blue, representing Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell.
He was an unlucky fourth in the Irish Grand National last April after being badly hampered by Bellshill and although disappointing in the Welsh Grand National, Folsom Blue will be suited by this attritional 4m 2f trip.