Former Talksport man Charlie McCann picks out six potential winners at Newcastle and Uttoxeter, plus one to watch for Sunday
Very much after the Lord Mayor’s show for today’s racing and hope you picked a few winners at the Festival. Thanks to those who followed me on Twitter and Facebook and I hope you agree it was a most successful and profitable week.
The Midlands Grand National is the feature race from Uttoxeter this afternoon with tope-weight Synchronised looking to follow up last year’s success in the corresponding race. Further rain would be a positive for this confirmed mudlark who landed the Welsh National over Xmas.
In a desperately trappy contest I’m going to side with Richard Lee’s Le Beau Bai (3.00) who has not quite fulfilled his early promise but who suggested that he was coming to hand at Haydock last time.
I like the look of Basford Bob (2.25) stepping up in trip for local trainer Jennie Candlish. Her stable star Cross Kennon ran a great race in the World Hurdle during the week and Basford Bob won a bumper at the Staffordshire track on heavy ground. If he improves for the step up in trip he must go close.
Alan King was in the winners’ enclosure at Cheltenham earlier in the week and the hope is that Stoney’s Treasure (3.35) can maintain the form of the yard in the 3m novices’ handicap. He wasn’t too fluent at Warwick last time and must overcome a 9lb rise, but he was well on top in the end and he has always looked as if he would make into a nice chaser in time.
It will be getting dark before the aptly named Grand Vision (5.50) sets foot on the track but he must have every chance of going one better having finished runner up at Ffos Las on debut. The Tizzard’s had a disappointment with Cue Card back on Tuesday but this promising sort can give them some consolation for what was a disappointing run.
The ground was too quick for Benny Be Good (2.10) at Doncaster last time and he never looked at home despite only getting as far as the 4th. He looked a progressive horse previously and can return to winning ways at Newcastle.
Kings Guard (3.20) can land the other C4 televised race for Borders trainer Alistair Whillans. The selection is not blessed with much in the way of speed but has no weight and his Hexham win earlier in the campaign suggested stamina was his forte.
Voramar Two (3.45 Newton Abbot Sun) was an early casualty at Chepstow last week but with the Hobbs’ team doubling up at Cheltenham he is given one last chance to confirm the promise he has shown on more than one occasion over fences. He is certainly built for the job and must go close if last weekend’s mishap has not dented his confidence.
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