A real “something for everyone” kind of Saturday with good flat cards at Newmarket, Redcar, Ascot and Tipperary. Wolverhampton has a late starting Tapeta card whilst National Hunt fans will be watching good action at Gowran Park and Fontwell tomorrow. Sam Boswell previews.
As the flat season creeps to its finish, the weather suggests you need horses that can handle cut in the ground. Champers Elysees has been some story for trainer Johnny Murtagh. She arrives to Newmarket boasting a perfect four wins from four runs this season. She has shown huge versitlity towards the ground and is one that won’t be worried by the likely softer conditions.
I was hugely impressed by the win in the Matron stakes at Leopardstown last time out over Peaceful and think she will put up a huge run here.
The recent rain may well see a few withdrawalss from the racing at Fontwell. As we creep towards the jumps season proper, the Sussex track plays host to a decent seven race card and this Novice event for me has one horse that really stands out from the rest.
Alan King’s Valleres was seen just the once last season when contesting a decent little bumper at Kempton in Febuary. The shut down of the remainder of the rest of the Jumps season means he arrives to hurdling with just that one start for King and a tight point to point win for Liz Doyle when trained in Ireland. That win came on soft to heavy ground and should mean the five year old can cope with the likely challenging underfoot conditions.