Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Sunday; Highland Lodge in the Wincanton 2.55 and Royal Regatta in the Aintree 3.50. Compare odds and bet.
With Emma Lavelle continuing to fire in the winners Highland Lodge (2:55) looks worthy of support in Wincanton’s Desert Orchid Silver Cup, on Sunday.
The seven-year-old looked a natural early on last season, winning on debut at Towcester and impressively at Cheltenham in December. His form tailed off a little, but he ran well in the 4m National Hunt Chase at the Festival and is capable of landing a nice prize off his current mark.
Ideally suited by testing ground, any overnight rain would improve his chance but, even on good-to-soft going, he holds sound claims. The selection opened up 8/1 with Bet Victor and 13/2 with both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes yesterday evening; I expect he’ll be much shorter come post time.
Up at Aintree, French recruit Memberof looks interesting on debut for Alan King in the opener, a race he won last year, having impressed when winning from the front on his sole start in France. He is one to monitor in the market, as is Deadly Sting in the concluding bumper, with his Wetherby second having worked out well since.
The penultimate novices’ hurdle looks a decent event, too, with hurdling debutants Hellorboston and Royal Regatta (3:50) catching the eye.
The former has the strongest bumper form on offer, but looked an out-an-out stayer at Ayr and could need further in time, while the latter ran out an impressive winner on his sole start in a Haydock bumper and rates a smart prospect.
The son of King’s Theatre scored by 12 lengths that day and was mentioned as a possible for the Listed bumper at Cheltenham next month. Clearly connections have opted to crack on over timber and this looks a nice starting point.
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