Dave Nevison has taken aim at the racing action at Sandown Park and Aintree on Saturday and has four fancies. Watch every race from both meetings live on Racing TV.
Evan Williams had been enduring a painful run of seconds right up until it all suddenly came good on Friday, so he will be keen to keep up the good work and land a big Saturday handicap with this selection.
Quoi De Neuf looks an improver on his latest effort when a good second over this course and distance. Going around Aintree is a searching test for a debutant novice and he performed more than adequately to finish five lengths behind the well-regarded Canelo.
His mark was dropped a pound for that effort, which seems generous, and on similar ground here, I am expecting him to have progressed enough to win this.
Reappeared in this contest last season and after an eight-month absence, ran a career best to finish second to Walk In The Mill, seeming to absolutely relish the National fences.
He then went on to win Warwick’s big staying handicap in January by 10 lengths and signalled himself a real force in these staying handicaps.Click here to claim your FREE Racing TV Christmas Jumper!
He went up considerably in the weights for those runs and reappears here 16lb higher than last year, but he is only eight, and his form could still be on an upward trajectory. He could prove himself to be developing into an Aintree specialist on Saturday too.
Given that he appeared not quite to stay over four miles-plus in the Eider Chase last season, it seems possible that this, rather than the Grand National itself, might be his major target.
With his trainer in such good form, I will be very surprised if he is not primed for this.
Cloudy Glen carries top weight here, though is rated 5lb below the official ceiling of this race which suggests it is perhaps not as competitive as might be expected.
Jumping held back his progress last season, though he certainly suggested on occasions that he might be going places as a staying chaser.
He returned this season looking like he might have turned the page regarding his jumping and won Fontwell's Southern National in very good style.
He has jumped around here before though, while also showing that he had a mind of his own, but if he is genuinely a more mature and relaxed individual this season, he could make short work of a field full of exposed types.
I mentioned this horse as being one to follow when making my case for Oscars Leader earlier in the week at Haydock and but for a mistake at the last, that horse would have given Mister Coffey’s form a boost.
The form is clearly solid and the ease by which Mister Coffey won here last time suggests the 10lb rise is certainly manageable, and possibly lenient.
In a decent-sized field, he should be able to settle well and my only slight concern is the heavy ground, but in these circumstances, I usually take the view that if a top trainer like Henderson is prepared to run a good horse, then he must be pretty sure he will go on it.
If so, he should register another course-and-distance win on Saturday.Check out the Racing TV large screen app on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV devices, so you can enjoy the action on your TV screen! Click here for more details.
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