There is a full day of racing on Sunday with Musselburgh’s trials’ day alongside the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown and an all-weather card from good old dependable Kempton Park. Paul Jacobs offers his best bets of the day below.
1.00 – Musselburgh – It may well be you only need to get into the first eight in this field to qualify for the final at the Cheltenham Festival, but this is a nice prize in its own right and I fancy that the lightly raced Paul Nicholls’ charge, PAY THE KING, can improve past his more experienced rivals in this extended three miler.
He looked short of pace over two miles and five furlongs last time out at Cheltenham, but has a fair handicap mark based on that last run and may just have the edge over the likes of Monetary Fund (if the ground doesn’t deteriorate) and Mister Dillon. The last named has been running well in similar contests this year and finally came good at Doncaster last time out.
BET NOW – PAY THE KING
2.30 – Musselburgh – Sametegal won this race last year which gives you an idea of the class of juvenile required to win this Triumph Hurdle Trial. In a race where the majority of the runners are open to plenty of improvement I like the look of former useful flat performer BROUGHTON.
A nice type in handicaps up to a mile and a quarter, he appeared to take really well to hurdling first time out at Doncaster when running Fox Norton to a head with the third home a full 16 lengths away. Any natural progression on that first run, which should be naturally forth coming and should see him go very close here. His main rival is probably going to be Adeupas D’ycy the main danger although there is the worry at the back of my mind that he probably needs an extra half mile before we see the best of him.
BET NOW – BROUGHTON
3.00 – Musselburgh – The weather could play a major part in this two miler. If we get no further rain then ERICHT strikes me as a young chaser with plenty more to offer on the back of his run behind Loose Chips at Kempton Park. Two and a half miles on soft ground that afternoon was not his ideal set up, but if the ground remains good to soft he should step up on his recent best.
In contrast Witness In Court really needs a much more testing surface and it would seem highly likely that Jason Maguire will make this a real stamina war from the front, something the jockey excels at.
But this is no two horse war because Funny Star is improving in leaps and bounds and completed a double last time out despite a horrendous mistake at the penultimate obstacle that day, while Top of the Range has been laid off on purpose for 72 days as he seemingly goes much better than fresh and also should relish this better ground.
BET NOW - ERICHT