We have flat cards at Nottingham and Navan, along with AW action at Newcastle and Kempton. All of that plus jump racing from Sedgefield, Galway & Ludlow.
Gordon Elliott started the week with plenty of discussion about his stable stars for the season ahead. I think Ragnar Lodbrok won’t need to be quite as good as the likes of Envoi Allen to claim this maiden hurdle over just shy of 2 miles 4. Placed on both his two bumper starts, this 5 year old by Fame and Glory was competing with some of the best bumper horses around last season. He was behind the duel bumper winner Eric Bloodaxe and Cheltenham Festival bumper winner Ferny Hollow on his first start at Fairyhouse. Prior to this, he moved onto finishing fourth at Leopardstown over Christmas in another warm race. Rosgalme for Noel Meads looks a threat with the once raced bumper winner hailing from an in form yard, but this race to my eye looks all about Ragnar Lodbrok.
Gordon Elliott also has the likely favourite with Thatsy in the beginners chase. He was last seen running at the Cheltenham Festival in a warm renewal of the County Hurdle. A couple from that race have won since and it is hard to knock his chances, that said there is a horse here I just have a bit more time for in Ilikedwayurthinkin. Trained by Gavin Cromwell, this horse went okay at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe, but like many others that finish down the field in that race, he has a bigger future over fences. Twice a winner over hurdles at Galway, I think he will be more than a match for the rest in this field and should be at home on the predicted soft going.