Paul Ferguson reckons Tara Royal (3.25 Carlisle) and Modun (8.10 Kempton) will come up trumps today
Donald McCain landed the Molson Coors Novices’ Chase last year when Fiendish Flame put up a tremendous front-running performance and the trainer can repeat the trick at Carlisle on Thursday with Tara Royal (3:25). Early price 9/4 Coral
He jumped really well when making a winning fencing bow at Haydock in May and was well fancied to make it two from two at Bangor recently.
The five-year-old made an early error and got shut of Tony McCoy, but he is worth another chance.
At Kempton Sir Michael Stoute’s Modun (8:10) is worth supporting in the 1m4f handicap. Early price 15/8 Stan James
Patkai’s half-brother made a winning debut at Folkestone last month, where he won despite being slowly away and running green throughout.
Ryan Moore’s mount looks sure to benefit for the step up in trip and is likely to end up rated a lot higher than his initial mark of 79.
3:25 Carlisle: Tara Royal
8:10 Kempton: Modun
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase