Sam Martin Sunday Tips Blog 28/2/21
McFabulous (Photo Copyright JTW Equine Images)
For this week’s Sunday Tips Blog, my focus is on Naas for two selections and one horse catches my eye at Fontwell. Naas has a Grade Three chase, a Grade Two hurdle and an intriguing Grade B handicap chase. It’s one of Fontwell’s biggest days with the National Spirit Hurdle, which has attracted a brilliant field. Hopefully, I can point you in the way of a few winners.
This is a really interesting novices’ handicap chase. Enjoy D’Allen will probably be favourite and rightly so as he has won his last two races in good style. I like the chances of a horse who unseated behind him at Fairyhouse in the middle of January called Fully Charged. This seven-year-old grey is still a maiden over fences. He was third and fourth before the unseat and, last time out, he was a good second with first time cheekpieces. They stay on for this and Hugh Morgan takes off a valuable 5lbs. School Boy Hours has followed in Latest Exhibition, Asterion Forlonge and Eklat De Rire this season so he deserves a win and has a good chance here too, but gives 6lbs to Fully Charged.
Selection – Fully Charged (4/1)
I’m hoping this is going to be straightforward for Streets Of Doyen. John McConnell is an extremely good trainer and this horse has won his last four starts. The first was at Roscommon and then he beat Flooring Porter, who I’m extremely keen on for the Stayers Hurdle, by five lengths. At Cork, he won, beating Jacksons Gold, who has won since. Next time, he went over to Cheltenham for a novice hurdle and won really well beating two subsequent winners. He was a non runner on “unsuitable ground” at Listowel in September and that was soft so the heavy ground here could be a concern. He drops in trip to two miles from three miles and gets cheekpieces, which will sharpen him up. Echoes In Rain, who’s dam won a listed chase, could run well too after finishing third to Dreal Deal in a grade two. I think she can finish second to Streets Of Doyen.
Selection – Streets Of Doyen (4/1)
The National Spirit has attracted a very strong field of six. Call Me Lord’s last three starts have come in grade two company and he has had a wind op since finishing fourth to McFabulous. He has won over two mile five before but Daryl Jacob goes to Hereford. McFabulous won the Persian War before following in Thyme Hill and Paisley Park at Newbury. Last time, he got back to winning ways at Kempton in a grade two and the form has worked out very well. He will be favourite and, at the time of writing this, is 11/10, which looks slightly short. Cornerstone Lad is a grade one winner and returns to hurdles from fences. He steps up to two miles three for the first time. Reserve Tank is a very smart horse and won at Aintree, beating Brewin’upatorm, and at Punchestown in grade ones. Last season, he went chasing but returns to the smaller obstacles for his first start of the season. Brewin’upatorm got back to winning ways last time with an eleven length victory at Taunton and has always promised a lot. This just leaves my selection Molly Ollys Wishes. This mare’s name relates to a charity and the Skelton team are in red-hot form. Just after Christmas, she won a strong mares’ race at Kempton over three miles and, less than two weeks ago, she hacked up at Warwick. She beat smart French mare Paul's Saga by fifteen lengths and, whilst she normally runs over further, she should be absolutely fine at this trip, getting 9lbs from the majority of the boys.
Selection – Molly Ollys Wishes (8/1)
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