By Tom Stanley
This is the last Friday before the big one! Hopefully we can boost funds before the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday after a poor week last week, albeit outsiders in the main who could not quite hit the frame.
On the face of it this horse has been a little disappointing and perhaps it is unwise to give him another chance.
Things did not go to plan last time at Ascot, where he was hampered before looking threatening and then perhaps finding the trip on soft ground a little too far.
[(full)Watch Replay](//) Watch Cross My Mind finish sixth at Ascot last time
Back over two miles, he still looks well treated, now just 5lb above his mark when third at Down Royal and he’s worth siding with at 3-1.
Westend Story was a good winner last time out and has been duly punished by the handicapper for his eight-length success.
Up ten pounds to 134, that could well still underestimate the ability of this horse who finished fifth in the Champion Bumper two years ago.
Soul Emotion is an unknown quantity but I am happy to swerve on first go for 158 days and this is not the strongest of fields for the selection to overcome at 8-11.
This seven-year-old looks a very fair price at 7-2.
On first glance I had doubts about the trip for him but he was not beaten far in April over this 2m5f distance and looks worth another go.
He is a lightly raced chaser, the form of his first go over fences is strong and I fancy he is still well treated. This is the main play on the day.
This mare has some very strong form, notably in behind two very good mares in Posh Trish and Grageelagh Girl in an Aintree bumper over 2m1f in October, and looks to have a handy opening mark of 118.
She was worthy of a step up in trip to 2m3f and then 2m5f, and has run well in those two subsequent starts over obstacles.
She was beaten both times ovr this sort of trip, however, but connections won’t be displeased with this mark, I’d imagine.
Her dam is a half sister to Irish Cavalier, the 2016 Charlie Hall Chase winner, so persevering over this sort of trip seems sensible. I think she is overpriced at 5-1.
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