Here are tomorrow’s selections.
SNOW LEOPARDESS (12.40 Haydock, 0.5pts each-way @15/2)
This looks wide-open, but SNOW LEOPARDESS was no doubt the best of these over hurdles and has shaped encouragingly on both starts over fences this autumn behind subsequent winners. Her opening handicap mark of 126 looks essentially lenient, therefore, she’s a massive each-way player here under regular rider Brian Hughes, who has ridden her effectively the last twice.
TEN TEN (13.17 Naas, 0.5pts each-way @11/1)
I think TEN TEN looks overpriced. He’s kept good company so far in his career and has gone well in the past, particularly when third behind the high-class Sharjah on debut. He was last seen over fences and surprisingly reverts back to the smaller obstacles off an attractive looking mark. With plenty more improvement to come, he’s worth an each-way interest.
SHAKEM UP’ARRY (13.50 Haydock, 0.5pts each-way @6/1)
UMBRIGADO (13.50 Haydock, 0.5pts each-way @15/2)
Ben Pauling’s SHAKEM UP’ARRY put up some useful efforts in defeat last term, two of which were behind Nicky Henderson’s high-class pair Shishkin and Mister Coffey. That form reads well in the context of this weekend’s handicap hurdle race given this six-year-old will face nothing the calibre of those two horses here. Furthermore, his opening handicap mark of 130 looks more than within range for him as he bolted up by seven-lengths last month and was even thought good enough to contest the Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on his penultimate outing.
David Pipe’s UMBRIGADO was highly tried last term, two in which came in Graded company and he far from disgraced himself on each occasion. He was fifth on this card last season in a similar looking-contest from a mark of 142 and is 3Ib lower in this easier assignment with soft ground looking his optimism. His yard is flying and one can assume that race has been the plan for quite some time. I think he’s an excellent each-way proposition.
IMPERIAL ALCAZAR (14.25 Haydock, 1pt each-way @6/1)
IMPERIAL ALCAZAR (NAP) developed into a useful novice hurdler last season, winning three of his four outings. He was a shade unlucky not to be four-from-four when second at Newcastle, but his victory over Protektorat looks even better now given that one looks a bright prospect over fences. This six-year-old looks like a stayer in the making, goes well fresh and should relish the step up to three-miles.
FIRST FLOW (15.17 Ascot, 1pt win @9/2)
Representing the in-form Kim Bailey team, FIRST FLOW is likely to be up with the pace and despite his only disappointment in his career came at the Cheltenham Festival back in 2018, he’s evidently progressed into a nice chaser and will be tough to pass if getting into a rhythm.
SHENEEDEDTHERUN (15.35 Haydock, 0.5pts each-way @10/1)
SHENEEDEDTHERUN completed the four-timer back in January and was last seen finishing a respectable fourth in the Midlands Grand National. Further improvement can’t be ruled out given she won over this sort of trip on her penultimate outing and has undergone a wind operation subsequently, which could prove beneficial.