Alan Thomson has unearthed four solid Saturday bets
POWER OVER ME (2.20) and CATCH MY BREATH (3.30) have been in rampant form at Lingfield and both can defy a 5lb penalty for winning on the same card six days ago.
Robyn Brisland’s Power Over Me is chasing a four-timer in the 6f Betway Handicap, while star apprentice Laura Pearson claims 5lb on hat-trick seeker Catch My Breath in the mile handicap.
CAP DU NORD (3.15) can justify his position at the head of the market by scooping the feature Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
The Christian Williams-trained gelding has dominated ante-post markets on the back of his excellent second to Royale Pagaille at Kempton’s Christmas fixture. The winner hosed up at Haydock next time and has been talked up as a possible Cheltenham Gold Cup contender. Cap Du Nord had earlier won with some authority at Newbury, so a 6lb rise for his latest cracking effort should be manageable.
Ok Corral carried the JP McManus colours to victory last year and they are worn this time round by fancied Canelo and bottom weight Musical Slave. Canelo was beaten almost five lengths by Cap Du Nord at Newbury but is 6lb better off, having since scored in gutsy fashion at Wetherby.
Ladbrokes Trophy runner-up Aye Right also enters the picture after a valiant effort to get to grips with trailblazing Cloth Cap at Newbury. He is only a pound higher today and looks sure to be involved as long as the track doesn’t become a quagmire.
Bookmakers are going 5-1 the field in the very open 13-runner Novices’ Hurdle over three miles. Nicky Henderson’s ex-French recruit Emir Sacree made all when successful on UK debut at Ascot but is 11lb worse off with runner-up Castle Robin, a subsequent failure in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.
PAT’S FANCY (2.40) chased home Irish raider Make Good at Cheltenham last month and may again have the edge over re-opposing Ask A Honey Bee, Ashtown Lad and Took The Lot. Impressive Wincanton winner Flash Collonges is feared.