The Punt Daily: Tom Collins with three to follow on Saturday
Coming out of the Cheltenham Festival there was one horse who I pinned as a surefire next-time-out winner and that was Gordon Elliott's Cartwright. The ex-Flat performer was left at the start of Martin Pipe, forfeiting ten lengths, but was given time to catch the rest of the field and travelled really nicely through the race under Fergus Gregory. He picked up when asked as well, eventually finishing sixth of 24. Good ground is ideal for him, Davy Russell takes over in the plate and this is a much easier task.
Nube Negra(2.25 Ayr)
Dan Skelton has his team in great form as he bids to get to the 200-winner mark and Nube Negra, who has been lightly raced in recent times and is a former Fred Winter third, looks primed to run a huge race in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. The strong-traveller was put up 3lb for finishing third to the unexposed Zanza at Newbury last time out but that form looks pretty strong and the drying ground will only help his chance. It doesn't look the best race, he gets weight all round and a first-time tongue-tie should be the catalyst to further improvement.
Another Batt(3.15 Newbury)
The Spring Cup is wide open but race fitness plays a huge part with a few of these likely to have targets later in the year, while Another Batt is rock-hard fit following a Meydan campaign and a good effort in the Lincoln two weeks ago. George Scott's four-year-old doesn't have much in hand off his current mark but is consistent at this level and doesn't mind the hustle and bustle of a big-field mile handicap. He ran really well to take sixth at Doncaster a fortnight ago after suffering interference and is able to run off 2lb lower today. His draw should be perfect as well.
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