The countdown to a bumper weekend of racing with the Breeders’ Cup, the Charlie Hall Chase from Wetherby and the Champion Chase from Down Royal is well and truly on.
The jumps’ season is beginning to hit full steam after the first meets of the season from Cheltenham and Aintree. We’re sponsoring a highly competitive meeting at Chepstow, for which we have tips and analysis as well as a look at some of the key stats.
To start what’s hopefully a very profitable week for you all, here’s a look at three contenders at Catterick and Southwell who are running for yards who are thriving of late.
Brian Ellison has started the jumps’ season in flying form, with nineteen winners from forty three runners. That includes Forest Bihan, who landed the Old Roan at Aintree on Sunday.
Eight of his last nine runners over obstacles have scored, and we’re hoping some of that rubs off on First Flight, who races on the level at Catterick in a twelve furlong handicap. The eight-year-old was one of his three winners at the Yorkshire venue this year when winning a Claimer over track and trip in August on soft ground.
He stayed on to finish third in the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket last month. A return to a longer trip and softer ground, as well as these considerably calmer waters, can see him go close at an each way price.
No trainer has had more winners at Catterick this year than David O’Meara with ten. He sends his three-year-old filly Dancing Rave there in search of her fourth career success.
She’s scored three times on turf, all on ground with soft in the description including when an easy winner at Hamilton in July.
She’s hit the frame the last twice off a mark of 74, a clear second at Ayr earlier this month. Now a pound lower, facing ideal conditions, she makes plenty of appeal receiving weight from the field.
Karl Burke gets a runner in here for two reasons – his recent form and his record at the Fibresand venue. He’s had eight winners over the past fortnight from just twenty nine runners.
Added to that, the yard have had eleven winners at the unique course this season, at a £33.75 profit to a £1 level stake. Confidence must be high as they send their the juvenile filly Superiority to the track on her third career start.
She shaped more positively when switched to Tapeta last time having made her debut on grass. Only six lengths behind a rival now rated 98, she’s a leading contender in a considerably easier race with her jockey claiming a very valuable seven pounds.
The treble can be backed at 599/1, best priced at time of writing. Be sure to make use of our tips and analysis for all the racing.