It has taken a while for the Sue Smith stable to hit form but the recent signs have been more encouraging and she has been back among the winners in recent days.
I expect Smith to have a glut of victories for at least the next month or so and am sticking with the yard at Wetherby on Wednesday afternoon, where I will be hosting the Racing TV Club Members Day.
By Oscar out of a Supreme Leader mare, this five-year-old is bred to excel as a chaser and certainly looks the part.
Ultimately, he was well beaten at Hexham last time but he took to fences very well in the first half of the race.
He is open to plenty of improvement, although plenty more will be required for him to win here.
The stable’s two winners this week both improved more than 2st on their previous recent efforts to score and if Oscar Wilde follows suit he wins this easily.
He should at least prove very well suited by the extra distance.
It may have been a bit quick for him on his reappearance at Newbury this month but he still ran well enough and has been dropped 1lb for his trouble.
His trainer/jockey combination is proving fruitful to follow with Sam Twiston-Davies seemingly riding with renewed confidence this season.
Disco Des Mottes was a winner on soft over fences in France early last season. His season never really got going when he came over here I am predicting better this time.
Here too I am hoping for considerable improvement on the last run, but I believe there is every chance of that given the way things are going for the Smith yard.
He came up against a useful type last time at Hexham and was predictably outspeeded by a 2-7 shot but the son of Yeats did stay on up the hill and I expect him to be doing his best work over the extra half-mile here.
A good pace seems likely, too, which will also suit.
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