Fingers crossed we get some jumping on Saturday as our pundit and resident website tipster Dave Nevison turns to the all-weather for his weekend selections after two winners from three tips on Friday. We hope to bring you Haydock and Navan live on Racing TV!
This counts as a desperately quiet Saturday for me, but hopefully these three will go well. There will certainly be some big days coming up once the cold snap ends.
11.55 Lingfield: Ehteyat
Ryan Moore is braving the cold to ride four runners for George Boughey and, despite an interesting ex-French contender later on the card, Ehteyat looks by far the most likely winner for the combo.
This lightly-raced four-year-old did nothing for Sir Michael Stoute in just a couple of runs and was sold very cheaply to Boughey last year. It looked more of the same for the new yard initially, but he was stepped up markedly in trip earlier this month and won by eight lengths.
Ehteyat disappointed when inexplicably dropped back down in distance after that run but showed his liking for a stamina test when regaining the winning thread last time.
He has a 5lb penalty, but he goes up a further two furlongs here and he looks as though he could turn out to be useful. He should follow up.
2.35 Southwell: Justcallmepete
He looks like he should complete a four-timer off a mark just 12lbs higher than when he kicked off his sequence in December.
I often feel a sprinter on a roll can outrun the handicapper and rattle up a sequence of wins before the assessor catches up - or more likely they run themselves out of form beforehand. Justcallmepete is doing a good job of proving that recently.
He had no trouble seeing off the re-opposing Intervention last time, and even though Mick Appleby’s runner is 5lbs better off on ratings now he might still find it tough to reverse the form.
Blinkers seem to have given an edge to Justcallmepete and Dougie Costello gets on very well with James Evans’ four-year-old.
3.57 Lingfield: Alcazan
This mare has a real mixed pedigree, with a two-and-a-quarter mile winner as prominent as sprinters, so this first step up to a mile from sprinting distances doesn't look an outlandish leap of faith.
Indeed, it could be a smart move as Alcazan was certainly staying on well last time over six furlongs and she does look as though the handicapper may have her over that trip.
Trainer Roger Teal and jockey Billy Loughnane are both going well at present and I am pretty sure jockey will have advised Teal after her latest run and that the rider will have a plan. An outside draw, if anything, should be a positive.Enjoy a free one month trial of Racing TV – the only channel showing every race live from the Cheltenham Festival! Watch every race live from all the meetings that matter across Britain and Ireland including the Dublin Racing Festival. Click above to start yours now.
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