Here are tomorrow’s three selections.
LAGONDA (13.15 Exeter, 1pt win @7/4)
It could prove tough to beat LAGONDA on the evidence of her two bumper outings for connections, having shown distinct promise on each occasion without threatening to get her head in front. Tom Lacey’s mare has the size and scope to make a smart hurdler and the longer trip can be expected to prompt improvement. With her yard continuing to fire in the winner’s, everything points to a bold showing from the daughter of Great Pretender.
OISTRAKH LE NOIR (13.25 Fakenham, 0.5pts each-way @6/1)
A competitive handicap chase with the vote in favour of OISTRAKH LE NOIR who was a smart hurdler and shaped encouragingly on chase bow at Kempton from a mark of 123. Based on the evidence of his hurdling form, Ben Pauling’s charge looks nicely treated from a 2Ib lower mark since last time. He’s fancied to find the necessary improvement at the second time of asking to get off the mark for the campaign but looks equally good each-way value to say the least with three places on offer.
ASTIGAR (14.15 Exeter, 1pt win @2/1)
This looks highly-competitive and a chance is taken on the David Pipe-trained ASTIGAR, who made an eye-catching bumper debut when just out-battled into second by the promising Solwara One at Uttoxeter in November. The strength of the form has been advertised by the winner, who scored impressively on hurdling debut less than two weeks ago. With his stable in typically good form, I’m convinced his connections have another smart sort on their hands and he shouldn’t be far away from winning this event.