We needed that winner last week (Tomfre – adv 8/1 SP 5/1) which still keeps us ahead of the game and in profit in what has been a tough tipping year
The falt card at Newmarket looks tough so it is over to the jumps for two from Wetherby on a day that sees a few promising horses back in action.
The first selection runs in the bet365 hurdle where WHOLESTONE (13/2 bet365, Coral, BetVictor) has enough juice in his price given that he invariably runs well off a break, was in good form last season and faces rivals of whom chief among them all have some question marks.
Wholestone is perhaps best around Cheltenham but has good form elsewhere including here last year in this race where he was a good second to Colin’s Sister. He has been in the first 3 in 19 of his 26 races under rules and I am confident he will do so again. Whether he wins may depend on whether Lisnagar Oscar can reproduce his Stayers’ Hurdle form. Were he to do so he’d probably win but that is far from guaranteed.
Next Destination also has form which, were he to display it, would give him an extremely strong chance but he’s been off for over 900 days and this appears to be a pipe opener for a chasing career, although he’s not totally written off on his debut for Paul Nicholls, having moved to him from Willie Mullins’ yard.
Roksana is favourite and usually runs well but is vulnerable (1 win in last 8 runs) and looks short enough.
WHOLESTONE looks the value.
In the last race on the same card DO WANNA KNOW (7/1 Ladbrokes, betVictor) looks a well handicapped horse with some potential on his handicap debut here. He won modest events at Catterick (when 1/25 on to win) and Huntingdon (hurdling debut) and was in strong contention in the race that split those two wins, leading two out in a novice event at Newbury, where he fell. Given the strong possibility of further improvement his mark of 125 looks at least competitive and 7/1 gives us enough leeway to chance that he is a bit better than that.