After a fantastic week of action at Cheltenham, we move on to Saturday’s feature races at Uttoxeter and Kempton.
The Midlands Grand National is Uttoxeter’s biggest day of the season and this year’s renewal looks like a strong affair.
Raz De Maree to Win and Each Way @ 16/1 – BET NOW
Former Welsh Grand National winner, Raz De Maree, ran another huge race in this season’s edition when fifth of 20 in December. That was a classy renewal of the race won by Elegant Escape and the handicapper has cut him some slack subsequently.
His most recent effort at Newcastle wasn’t without promise when contesting the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase and he finds himself on a 3lb lower handicap mark now.
The most attractive factor is the recent rain that’s arrived. At 14 years of age, he only has one gear these days but he’s shown he’s still in good enough heart to be effective at this level and his trainer could hardly be enjoying a better week, having won the Champion Hurdle with Espoir D’allen on Tuesday.
Someone else who enjoyed a fine week at Cheltenham was Bryony Frost who became the first female rider to win a Grade 1 winner at the Festival, riding Frodon to success in Thursday’s Ryanair.
She takes the ride on Milansbar who finished fifth in the 2018 Grand National and returned to form with a better effort when fourth at Newbury last time out.
Dropped another 1lb in the ratings for that effort, the 12-year-old could get back on track in this race and he’s another who will appreciate the testing conditions, as seen when winning from a 3lb lower mark at Warwick last season.
Forth Bridge to Win and Each Way @ 8/1 – BET NOW
The Silverbowl is Kempton’s feature race of the day and the Queen’s runner, Forth Bridge, could be the one to follow.
He’s been ultra-consistent over fences without getting his head in front, placed on six of his 10 starts, and it was another fair run at Leicester last time when only beaten by a well-handicapped sort.
Nico De Boinville taking over in the saddle should be seen as a positive and his mount remains feasibly handicapped.
Burrows Edge to Win and Each Way @ 3/1 – BET NOW
De Boinville has another ride of interest on the card in the race prior. He retains the ride on Burrows Edge, who was only narrowly denied last time out, and the forecast slower ground this time around looks right up his street.
At the age of just six, he looks capable of plenty more progress and there’s potential for him to come on for his outing last time, his first start in 301 days.
Just up 2lb for his latest run, he looks certain to still be well handicapped and his trainer could hardly be arriving in better form, having had a host of Cheltenham winners this week.
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