Victor Dartnall saddled a winner at Uttoxeter yesterday and his Shammick Boy is improving all the time over hurdles, but he may struggle to concede 6lbs to Topolski (2:15) when he bids to complete the hat-trick in the opener at Newton Abbot today.
David Arbuthnot’s five-year-old was more than useful on the Flat, winning handicaps off 82 and 86 at Newmarket and Chester respectively last term, and he made a winning debut over hurdles at Sandown last month.
Whilst he may have been slightly flattered in that he had the race run to suit, with the lack of pace suiting his natural speed more than Lifestyle and Megastar who both failed to settle, it was a fine first effort and after the contest his trainer was talking of a trip to Aintree.
If he is to make the journey north to Liverpool in a couple of weeks, the son of Peintre Celebre really needs to be winning this under the in-form Daryl Jacob, who broke his festival duck aboard Zarkandar on Friday.
2:15 Newton Abbot: Topolski
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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