Ideal jumping ground at all three of our meetings today from Cheltenham, Uttoxeter and Wetherby plus I will be keeping a watch on Punchestown where the ground will be a little more testing.
Day 2 of the Open meeting from Cheltenham and two races for us to look at this morning.
1.50 3m3½f (Old) BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (4yo+)
A difficult race to evaluate with many of these having later season targets. The Grand National being the main aim for most.
Doing Fine is the only horse coming into the race of the back of a good recent performance.
Although exposed he is expected to figure. A general 5/1 at present and a couple of firms are going a quarter odds the first three.
2.25 2m4½f (Old) BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (4yo+)
Eighteen declared with over £90,000 going to the winner.
Kylemore Lough and Ballyalton are the two of most interest.
Kylemore Lough is well handicapped, has conditions that suit and has been aimed at this race on his first start for Harry Fry.
Ballyalton also figures on a good handicap mark. He had a prep race over hurdles at Aintree just under three weeks ago and looks sure to go well.
Kylemore Lough is my provisional 6/1 favourite followed by Ballyalton at 8/1.
Best early prices for the pair are 13/2 and 11/1 respectively.
As always I will be getting reports direct from the courses throughout the morning before finalising betting plans and briefing my select group of members at noon today. Membership terms have been updated, see all the latest options and get your free information pack at: www.slh.co.uk