Here are tomorrow’s six selections.
SHAMBRA (12.55 Warwick, 0.5pts each-way @10/1)
SHAMBRA was possibly the best of these over hurdles having won off a 4Ib higher mark in a higher graded contest this time last year. She was far from disgraced when fourth following a seven-month absence at Fontwell on debut over fences when last seen and should have more to offer here as a result.
DUHALLOW TORNADO (14,30 Hexham, 0.5pts each-way @8/1)
SHANROE STREET (14.30 Hexham, 0.5pts each-way @9/1)
This will require plenty of stamina over four-miles on testing ground. However, I’m really sweet on two runners in this event from an each-way angle.
The lightly-raced DUHALLOW TORNADO showed useful form when winning a couple of hunters in 2018 on heavy ground and although he only finished midfield in the Foxhunter at Cheltenham on latest Rules outing, that wasn’t a bad effort and he has run well between the flags since. The key to this horse is deep ground and with that latest run under his belt remaining unexposed over a marathon trip, I’m convinced he has the class to run a huge race.
I also fancy SHANROE STREET to run a big race representing Lucinda Russell. He hasn’t won since 2018, but he’s on a much reduced mark and will relish this distance given he’s an assured stayer. He has also good useful form on this deeper surface and is 6Ib below his last winning mark. Derek Fox takes the ride and he is no forlorn hope to win this given his yard’s track-record in these marathon events.
STAR OF RORY (14.40 Warwick, 0.5pts each-way 13/2)
STAR OF RORY has improved dramatically since the application of a tongue-tie. His visit to Cheltenham on his reappearance wasn’t a bad effort and he should be able to make a much bigger impact here with his stamina assured and proven form at a higher level in comparison to this grade on his CV. Solid each-way claims.
GRAND MORNING (15.05 Hexham, 1pt win @5/1)
GRAND MORNING will probably start third favourite returning from a nine-month break, but he’s more than capable of winning this event with ground conditions perfect towards his chances. He found Grade Three company all too much for him when last seen but had earlier split two horses rated 130 and, in the context of this event, he’s got excellent claims of shaking up this race if he takes to fences.
VINTAGE CLOUDS (15.15 Warwick, 0.5pts each-way @7/1)
VINTAGE CLOUDS has been a very good servant for connections over the years but since his success in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase last season, he’s been hit hard by the handicapper. Having said that, he's dropped 2Ib since his encouraging return to action at Aintree last month and he should go well here.