We will be hoping for another fine weekend of racing as we ramp up towards the Cheltenham Festival. Four quality jump meetings are on the schedule this Saturday and we can only pray that Storm Eunice relents enough to enable us to enjoy as much of it as possible. Liam Bramall has gone through the day’s ITV races and picked out three horses that he expects to outrun their prices which are too big to ignore.
Grand old Regal Encore (22-1) is still going at the age of 14 and I believe he can be very competitive here. He should never be written off when he returns to Ascot, a course which he loves and has a fantastic record at. In 14 career starts there he has been in the first three in 10 of those races including four victories. Three starts ago, he finished third here on soft ground off a 9lb higher mark. His new mark of 140 is one he hasn’t been down as low as since finishing a close second at the Punchestown festival in 2016 off 139. The stage looks set for the old boy to have one last hurrah.
Lucky One (33-1) finds himself rated 10lb lower than he was at the start of the season. He hasn’t shown a great deal in two starts since moving to Dan Skelton’s yard but this mark of 127 looks much more competitive. He won a heavy ground novice hurdle at Wincanton by 20 lengths beating a subsequent winner, and looked to be going ok when falling in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree last spring. He’s a massive price here and deserves one more chance now that the handicapper has relented.
I simply cannot be having Lostintranslation (12-1) going off at a double figure price. He has a great record on soft ground and is a Grade 2 course and distance winner already this season. You can put a line through his King George run as it is clear that he simply doesn’t like that track. This will probably end up being a gruelling test which requires plenty of stamina, so it’s a good thing this lad has finished a close third in a Gold Cup!
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