Walford bidding to keep on a roll in 2017 with Walk In The Mill
Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase | 2m4f35y, 5yo+ | ITV4/RUK
Robert Walford kicked off 2017 in fine style with a 15-length winner on New Year's Day and is hoping Walk In The Mill can continue the good run in the first of three races from the track to be broadcast on ITV4.
Jockey James Best has struck up a good association with the Dorset-based trainer in recent months and keeps the ride on this progressive seven-year-old after steering him to victory at Exeter last time.
Walk In The Mill faces his toughest test to date following a 5lb rise with the weights headed by the only other recent winner in the field, Ludlow scorer Fox Appeal, who runs off an 11lb higher mark.
Colin Tizzard, who runs Fergal Mael Duin, may have had more runners at his local track than anywhere else in the past five seasons but they have proved costly to follow. His runners at the track are showing a deficit of -£25.61 to a £1 stake.
What they say
Emma Lavelle, trainer of Fox Appeal
He won well at Ludlow when the handicapper gave him a chance last time but he's back up 11lb which make things tricky, although David Noonan takes off a useful 3lb. We don't want too much rain for him as he wouldn't want it bottomless.
Tom George, trainer of Some Buckle
We took a bit of a chance running him over two miles at Ascot first time and this longer trip should suit him better. Hopefully they don't get the rain that is forecast.
Harry Derham, assistant to Paul Nicholls, trainer of Orbasa
He's been slightly disappointing so far and the blinkers are on to do something different with him. He shows us loads at home but hasn't quite delivered on the track. We couldn't do any more work, the blinkers will sharpen him, and hopefully he'll show on the track what he does at home.
Ben Case, trainer of Crookstown
He's been a bit in and out but ran well at Market Rasen the other day and we're keen to give him another go over fences. He has form at the track and should be in the mix if his jumping is up to scratch.
Philip Hobbs, trainer of Ballygarvey
He had an issue with a leg 12 months ago which has kept him off the track until now and he's ready to start back. This looks the right race for him and he won't mind the good to soft ground.
Colin Tizzard, trainer of Fergal Mael Duin
He was very disappointing at Chepstow last time and hopefully the return to a less demanding track may help him. If the rain stays away it would be in his favour as he prefers good ground.
Robert Walford, trainer of Walk In The Mill
Hopefully they get some rain as it's a case of the softer the better for him. He's up in the handicap after his win last time and it's a competitive race but he has an each-way shout.
Punters set stern Scoop6 puzzle
More than half a million quid is in the Scoop6 win fund following six rollovers, but once again the six-race puzzle will be tough to solve, containing four handicap chases and two handicap hurdles.
The bonus pot, which builds from £157,342, has not been emptied since November 26 and cannot be played for until at least next Saturday, when the 32Red Lanzarote Hurdle and Betfred Warwick Classic Chase look the prime bonus-race contenders.
The Scoop6 is evenly split between Sandown and Wincanton, with the last four legs on ITV. The win fund kicks off with £534,080 in the pot.
1.15 Sandown, 1.30 Wincanton, 2.05 Wincanton, 3.00 Sandown, 3.15 Wincanton, 3.35 Sandown