Three horses to look out for this evening
Something for everyone this evening with a mixed meeting at Roscommon (5.50 start, ATR) – featuring a fascinating novice chase at 7.50 and the Connacht National at 8.20 – and Flat fixtures at Windsor (6.00 start, ATR) and Pontefract (6.40 start, RUK).
Frederic (7.10 Pontefract)
Made a successful debut for his new trainer Keith Dalgleish at Carlisle last month and although up 8lb for the 2m1f handicap, he has untapped potential over marathon trips.
Even over distances this far, a low draw is an advantage at this sharp, left-handed track and Graham Lee, who was on board last time, should be able to get a good early position from stall two.
While he has won twice over hurdles, Frederic has been consistent on the Flat, winning twice on his last four starts in that code and relishing the step up to long distances.
Landofhopeandglory (7.50 Roscommon)
The four-year-old son of High Chaparral has packed quite a lot into his career and another test awaits with a first attempt over fences.
Having achieved a three-figure rating on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien, Landofhopeandglory won a Grade 3 over hurdles in December for the trainer's son Joseph before finishing fifth in the Triumph Hurdle and a close second at Punchestown.
This is a competitive field, with the Willie Mullins-trained Townshend heading the market, but Landofhopeandglory has reportedly schooled well over fences and gets significant allowances.
Castlerea Tess (8.40 Pontefract)
A filly clearly taking her racing well, judged on her third victory of the year in eight starts at Catterick ten days ago.
Trainer Sarah Hollinshead, who has saddled two winners from her last five runners, had a few targets in mind for the four-year-old and smart apprentice Callum Rodriguez again takes off a handy 5lb.
Castlerea Tess posted a respectable effort on the clock last time and although a high draw makes life difficult, she is in good form and looks capable of being involved at the finish.
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