Paul Ferguson has two selection for us on Tuesday; Springinherstep in the Wincanton 2.20 and Rebel Fitz in the Killarney 5.15. Compare odds and bet.
Wincanton are expecting rain overnight, but it is hoped the track avoids a deluge as Springinherstep (2:20) wants a decent surface to show her true colours and, granted those conditions, she can return to winning ways in the opening mares’ novices’ hurdle.
Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old bolted up in a Southwell bumper last July and also on her second start over timber at Huntingdon last month. She was unable to cope with a rise in class at Cheltenham last time, where she was too keen for her own good having travelled well throughout.
A return to quicker ground and a sharper track in lesser company should suit and she looks to have Alan King’s recent Worcester winner Fairyinthewind to beat.
Over at Killarney, the opening beginners’ chase looks a cracker in which Darwins Fox is the pick of those with previous form. He sets the standard, but faces smart hurdlers Steps To Freedom and Rebel Fitz (5:15) with ready preference for last year’s Galway Hurdle winner.
Michael Winters’ eight-year-old was last seen trailing home behind Hurricane Fly at the Punchestown Festival, but he has always given the impression he would make a smart chaser (makes a nice shape over his hurdles) and he can make a winning debut under Barry Geraghty.
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)