Saturday Selections

2pt win Young Bull in the 12.55 Ascot at 7/2

1pt win Snow Leopardess in the 12.40 Haydock at 8/1

2pt win Good Boy Bobby in the 1.15 Haydock at 7/2

1pt win Umbrigado in the 1.50 Haydock at 7/1

1pt win Third Wind in the 2.25 Haydock at 7/1

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YOUNG BULL placed third on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter and he could easily go two places better with that run under his belt.

The runner-up on that occasion, Morning Vicar, ran out a good winner at Newbury next time out, while the fourth placed Northofthewall held a 2 length lead when coming to grief at the penultimate fence on his only subsequent outing at Aintree, therefore the form of that Uttoxeter contest looks relatively strong.

Harry Whittington’s six-year-old will meet the winner on 12lbs better terms tomorrow, and he will be much better suited by the soft ground, as indicated by form-figures of 11112 on ground officially described as soft or slower.

Young Bull displayed a progressive profile over hurdles and looks the ideal type to progress even further over fences. He is open to improvement over staying trips and looks fairly treated off a mark of 134.

Over at Haydock SNOW LEOPARDESS makes fair appeal in the Betfair Supports Safer Gambling Week Handicap Chase.

Charlie Longsdon’s mare has displayed distinct promise on both of her outings in novice chase company this autumn, firstly when placing third behind The Butcher Said, who acquitted himself well at Cheltenham last Sunday, and subsequent scorer Cool Destination at Bangor, and latterly when chasing home the potentially high-class Shan Blue at Wetherby.

The imposing grey mare was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles and she looks fairly handicapped off a mark of 126. She is open to improvement both in this sphere and over staying trips, and she will also be well suited by the galloping nature of Haydock.

Champion jockey Brian Hughes was in the saddle at both Bangor and Wetherby and will again partner Snow Leopardess tomorrow. While Charlie Longsdon has sent out 5 winners from his last 22 runners, and clearly has his string in fine fettle.

GOOD BOY BOBBY made a successful seasonal reappearance at Bangor last month, and that form received a boost when Antunes, who received 7lbs, ran out a gutsy winner at Chepstow this afternoon.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies’ seven-year-old accumulated some good form against classy rivals in novice company last season, including a brace of second placed efforts behind the 148 rated Brewin’Upastorm and 155 rated Mister Fisher either side of a smooth success at Wetherby.

Sent off a well supported 7/2 chance for the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown in February, Good Boy Bobby was disappointing that day and his subsequent no-show at the Cheltenham Festival may indicate that something had gone amiss. However, he confirmed his well being in the above mentioned Bangor contest and he could easily prove better than a mark of 146.

My next selection is UMBRIGADO, who placed fifth in the Grade 3 Stayers Handicap Hurdle on this card 12 months ago and will effectively compete from a 10lbs lower mark tomorrow when factoring in Fergus Gillard’s 7lbs claim.

David Pipe’s six-year-old travelled well for a long way on that occasion and he may be better suited by this intermediate trip. Obviously his lesser mark is also a positive, while the continued good form of his yard provides further reason for optimism.

Sent off a well supported 9/2 favourite for the Grade 3 Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot last December, Umbrigado was set some very tough tasks in just three outings last winter, and he will make his seasonal reappearance in slightly calmer waters, therefore there is sufficient reason to believe that he can make his presence felt.

My final selection tomorrow of THIRD WIND, who placed fourth behind subsequent Grade 2 scorer Sire Du Berlais, subsequent Grade 1 winner The Storyteller, and former Grade 2 winning chaser Tout Est Permis in the Pertemps Final in March.

Completely unexposed over staying trips, Hughie Morrison’s gelding boasts form figures of 11114 on ground officially described soft or slower, and he will line-up off the very same mark from which he ran so well at Cheltenham.

A recent pipe-opener at Aintree will have put him spot of for this contest, and the booking of Jonjo O’Neill Jr is a clear positive.

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