Former Talksport man Charlie McCann marks your card with four tips on Saturday at Kempton and Naas. View selections below
It is probably best to concentrate on the all-weather and at Kempton I am very keen on the chances of Noble Silk (2.55) despite a slight drop back down in trip from his win here earlier in the month; I have followed the grey since he was beaten at Newcastle in a 10f maiden and his half-brother Watered Silk goes very well on an artificial surface.
There should be plenty of pace in the race and the hope is the John Gosden runner Fluctuate blinkered for the first time and returning from a break will help form the market. At the time of writing Gosden has saddled a winner and five seconds from his last six runners and obviously has his string in rude health.
Gosden used to train Lascaux who has only her third start in the 11f Fillies’ maiden now in the care of Luke Dace; she is one of a number of well-bred fillies who are seeking that illusive win for breeding purposes but Gosden’ Gertrude Versed (4.05) might be the answer. Owned by the trainer’s wife the selection is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Gertrude Bell and connections will be desperate to get a 1 next to her name.
At Naas AupCharlie (2.10) is given the opportunity to show trainer Willie Mullins he gets 3m having looked a non-stayer behind stablemate Back In Focus over Xmas. He looks a leading candidate for the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Festival and it is something of a surprise to see Mullins persevere with 3m.
I was taken with the racecourse debut of another Mullins youngster Un Atout at Navan and he is taken to maintain his unbeaten record in the Novice Hurdle; in his absence the yard’s Mozoltov might be the one. The latter was at one stage considered Champion Bumper material and although he was no match for Champagne Fever he remains a promising novice hurdler.