14:40 Fontwell

As the only hurdle winner set to take aim at this 10 runner field Outofthisworld could be seen as a very obvious choice but perhaps that’s doing some of her rivals a disservice.

The Alan King trained Midnightreferendum finished second in a Grade 2 national hunt flat race at Aintree and the form of that contest looks very good indeed. The downside to the King runner however is a slightly disappointing 7th placed finish on her hurdling debut doesn’t inspire a tonne of confidence but this race looks far less competitive and a finish closer to the front is certainly expected.

The some what of an unknown quantity is Amethea. She’s not done all that much to take note of in her career to date but trainer Ben Pauling has his horses going well at the moment and its very interesting to see that top jockey Nico De Boinville travels to Fontwell just for this one ride. A possible each way shout for punters looking for a horse at a bigger price but I can’t see past the top weight who aims to add another winner to the long list of Harry Fry successes.

OUTOFTHISWORLD (WIN) – NAP

 

15:30 Uttoxeter

The fantastic thing about watching any national hunt flat contest is the promise of what might be. Youngsters taking one of their first forays into racing all bright eyed and green is a spectacle to behold and if you’re very lucky you’ll witness a future great in the making. Needless to say not all races in this sphere can produce amazing horses but based on breeding alone I’d be surprised if one or two from this race didn’t turn out to be at least half decent.

Lots of the major jumps operations (even the flat with trainer Mick Appleby) are represented with surnames such as Fry, Skelton, Hobbs, Greatrex and Bowen listed amongst the trainers. It’s obviously going to be a hotly contested affair but I think any horse that’s already graced the course before is at a significant advantage and Just Rocky will just get the nod. Out of superstar long distance flat performer Yeats this five year old gelding is precociously bred and a 4th placed effort at Warwick should stand him in good stead for team Skelton.

The un-raced Get In The Queue demands a close eye in the betting and North Star Oscar looks an obvious threat as well but Just Rocky may have that extra touch of class that’s needed to prevail here.

JUST ROCKY (WIN)

 

Southwell:

11:50 – Sylviacliffs (E/W)

12:20 – Fox Kasper (WIN)

12:50 – Chez Vegas (E/W)

13:20 – Epitaph (E/W)

13:50 – Carlovian (E/W)

14:20 – Esprit De Corps (E/W)

14:50 – Helen Sherbert (WIN)

15:20 – The Groove (E/W)

 

Uttoxeter:

12:30 – Katebird (E/W)

13:00 – Alliteration (WIN)

13:30 – Just Don’t Ask (E/W)

14:00 – Kitikat (E/W)

14:30 – Volcano (WIN)

15:00 – Wish In A Well (E/W)

15:30 – Just Rocky (WIN)*

 

Fontwell:

12:40 – Lee Side Lady (E/W)

13:10 – The Ogle Gogle Man (WIN)

13:40 – Tazka (WIN)

14:10 – Scoop The Pot (WIN)

14:40 – Outofthisworld (WIN) – NAP

15:10 – Bears Rails (E/W)

15:40 – Blue April (E/W)

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