Sam Boswell returns once again to give us his selections ahead of tomorrow’s racing, where he fancies Parody to bring a smile to people’s faces.
Newton Abbot (14:50)
This is a competitive looking Class 3 handicap, this 0-140 contest will be topped at the head of the weights by Doubly Clever of Ben Pauling who last time out and it should be a popular pick but I’m looking for something a little bit lower down in the handicaps.
I am going to go for Paul Nicholls’ horse Parody ridden by Harry Cobden. This course and distance winner is a lightly raced six-year-old. by presenting should enjoy the better ground given that he has won on good-to-firm and good in his previous starts.
He enjoyed some success here at Newton Abbot recording two wins from three starts at the track, was second last time out at Bangor over two miles seven. Just seemed to empty out a little bit that day when trying to hunt down the leader, a slight drop in trip today should suit and I think he can make his presence felt in what should be one of the warmest races on the card at Newton Abbot.
This is the two-mile four Beginners Chase with eight runners going to post and Braid blue looks set to be a warm favourite for Gordon Elliott, partnered by Keith Donoghue. This horse has been off the track for a significant period of time and was last seen finishing second to Champagne Well at the Cheltenham October meeting.
Previous to that he had rattled off four wins in a row over hurdles and looked a nice progressive type. The form lines with Champagne Well look pretty strong and he should really be up to winning a Beginners Chase of this standard.
There are a few dangers in here with the likes of Castello Sforza who was second last time out, finally recording a positive result after several poor runs but realistically it should be Braid Blue’s for the taking here.
I’m expecting Gordon Elliott to score another winner at Wexford.