Oliver's Generous Day out to repeat career-best Boxing Day win
Two recent winners clash in the 2m5f handicap chase and INSTANT REPLAY (3.15) is expected to come out on top at the expense of Cash Again.
The six-year-old failed to win any of his four hurdles, but connections quickly switched their £90,000 purchase to fences and the move paid instant dividends as he made a successful chase debut here last month.
Backed into favouritism, Brian Ellison’s charge jumped well and found plenty when challenged by Castletown in the closing stages. This slightly longer trip can help him defy a 4lb higher mark.
TURTLE CASK (4.20) lost his way after winning at Hexham in September, suffering four big defeats late last year, but he looked on the way back at Kelso when tackling a marathon 3m2f on soft ground three weeks ago, briefly hitting the front approaching the penultimate flight and coming home a close fourth.
This looks an ideal opportunity for Mike Sowersby’s nine-year-old to land a fourth career success.
Donald McCain’s SPIN THE COIN (1.40) showed sparks of ability without threatening in his first three hurdles and it would be no surprise if he improved markedly now that he moves into handicap company at a lowly level.
The handicapper appeared to have caught up with ROMULUS DU DONJON (4.00) after he won over hurdles at Catterick in November, but a respectable fourth at that track last time out suggests he remains in fair heart.
Rose Dobbin’s yard is in hot form and the switch to fences could help him eke out a bit more, so it would be no surprise if he struck in the novices’ handicap chase.
GENEROUS DAY (3.25) has got steadily better with practice and produced another career-best here on Boxing Day.
Always close to the pace, Henry Oliver’s six-year-old was asked for an effort approaching the final flight and found enough to see off Bowie and record his second success of the season.
He was going away at the line and that display suggests this extra two furlongs will help him to continue to progress.
ANTUNES (1.50), a son of Nathaniel out of a Peintre Celebre mare, can win on his hurdles debut for Dan Skelton.
Top weight may not stop FOOLAAD (3.05) in the feature 5f handicap.
Roy Bowring’s seven-year-old has steadily improved over the last 12 months and has taken his form to a new level since returning from a summer break, winning twice over course and distance recently.
Last time out he saw off Tricky Dicky after making most of the running in a 0-105 contest and he should be hard to catch in this slightly lower grade.
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