This is a tricky Class 4 handicap chase, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Although frustrating, MOVIE LEGEND is given one more chance today based on his overall form. He goes up another 1lb in the handicap for his placed efforts and it feels as if its only a matter of time before he can get his head in front. Breath Of Blighty may be the biggest danger with the tongue tie applied for the first time and he’s worth a second look in the betting off a workable mark.
1 SALTO CHISCO – Won two starts ago at Fakenham when sent off the 5/4 favourite over 2 miles and half a furlong. That was his second victory in those exact conditions and he will need to show he can perform at different tracks with different conditions off a career high mark. He receives the aid of a 7lb claimer today which puts him below his last winning mark and he’s been sent off favourite plenty of times so connections clearly think a lot of the horse. Worth a second look in the betting now back down in trip.
2 MOVIE LEGEND – Yet to win a race under rules but has placed five times in 12 runs and is becoming a little frustrating. He’s off a career high mark today because of those good placed efforts and his form is probably just the best in the race although he’s struggling to get his head in front. Connections keep him over fences off what could still be a fair mark and it would be really disappointing if he can’t get his head in front here. Leighton Aspell is back aboard today and he has a leading chance in this.
3 BREATH OF BLIGHTY – Won a point back in April 2015 but is yet to win under rules for Paul Webber. He has been beaten by big distances on his last couple of starts although he did run well here when finishing fourth, beaten only 6 lengths back in November. The handicapper has dropped him 4lbs since and he arrives here off a career low mark of 111 so he’s definitely not without a chance. He finished behind Buveur D’Air over hurdles back in January so he’s another with plenty of potential. Interesting.
4 SCOOTER BOY – Won a maiden hurdle back in January of last year but has struggled a little of late having fell last time out and pulled up previous to that. He was going okay last time though and a mark of 111 may leave him with a little something to work for now he gets another chance in a weaker grade. He’s had 33 days off so connections will have schooled him again and he’s going to enjoy today’s conditions (Soft ground winner). He probably has a little to prove though and others make more appeal.
5 ULIS DE VASSY – Non-Runner.
6 NOBEL LEADER – Second run over fences today following a reasonable effort here on his first attempt over the bigger obstacles. He was well beaten that day but drops another 2lbs and this is a drop in class which should help his chances. He’s yet to win under rules although he was a point winner over 3 miles so there’s definitely some potential to un-tap in him. He’s respected for a trainer with a 23% strike here although he may do better with just a little more experience later down the line.
7 KARISMA KING – Races off bottom weight here having been dropped 3lbs for pulling up last time out. He can perhaps be forgiven for that run having never looked quite at ease and he is at least a winner under rules unlike a couple in this field. He won off 2lbs higher at Bangor last April and he’s not without a chance if the ground stays on the softer side given he’s won and placed on heavy ground. Conditions will be crucial to his chance in this and trainer is in red hot form (32% strike rate, 6 wins from 19 runners in the last 14 days).