We’re going to get big headed if this continues.
After highlighting Al Ferof and Silviniaco Conti two weekends back we absolutely knocked it out of the ball park last weekend with Irving (6/4f) and Hey Big Spender (12/1).
This weekend we’re focusing on the two Grade One Chases in the 2m division at Sandown.
As always – anything in yellow is all good. Anything outside is mostly good but a bit like Lindsay Lohan just needs to prove it.
The boys’ division of the two-mile chasers before they harden into the 2m speedsters that will be contesting the Championship races next season – the only one who ticks all the boxes is the nine-year-old Dunraven Storm which in human terms is about 175.
Philip Hobbs’ late developer won a ‘slog in the bog’ at Cheltenham to bring up consecutive wins – seeing off Paul Nicholls’ Vibrato Valtat who re-opposes here.
Nicholls has won the race three times in the last six years but stable jock Sam Twiston-Davies prefers course and distance winner Irish Saint who scooted in by 10 lengths from Chris Pea Green – a winner since – last month.
Court Minstrel has also beat Chris Pea Green – but by a lesser margin – though the former classy hurdler’s best form is on good ground.
Selection: Dunraven Storm @ 4/1
Now we’re talking. The heavyweight division of the 2m chasers is missing its two most marketable champions in Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy – but there’s always room for a new contender.
Balder Succes has been the ante-post favourite all week but has been knocked to the canvas twice by Tom George’s God’s Own who could dispute favouritism come race time. Alan King’s runner was fifth of six in last season’s novices race at this track behind Hinterland.
Somersby chased home Sire De Grugy in this contest 12 months ago and looked backed to his best against Al Ferof home at Ascot with the cheek pieces back on.
Mick Channon’s runner clouts the odd fence but the champ AP McCoy is on board to make sure he doesn’t throw in the towel too early.