Hoping Beakstown’s class comes to the fore
I begin my Saturday rides with Flegmatik in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase (13:15). He drops back in trip here, but that shouldn’t be a problem. As you saw last time, he travelled really strongly through the race and is in good form with himself. The handicapper has had his say, but hopefully he’s just hitting form now and can go well again.
Frere D’Armes goes in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (15:00). It was a good run behind Balco Coastal when he got beat on his debut in December. He’s done it nicely on his last two starts but obviously now takes on higher class opposition today. We think he’s a good horse and is ready for this step up in class. The ground and the trip should be no problem, as I think he’ll stay two-and-a-half-miles. We think he’s got a good chance here.
Beakstown runs in the three-mile handicap chase (15:37) and it looks ultra-competitive. We’ve been looking to step him up to three miles and now is the time with some better ground, on a flat track. He’s been in good form and I think he’s bumped into two classy horses on his last two starts. A repeat of that sort of form should see him run very well. He’s always had a bit of class this horse and hopefully it will come to the fore here.
Lydford (16:10) was a bit disappointing last time on quite soft ground at Warwick. He’s got to put that poor effort behind him but being back on better ground will definitely help him. We’re hopeful that the step up to 2m5f for the first time will unlock a further bit of potential too.
Bridget takes the ride on Eclair D’Ainay at Chepstow (14:53). He’s won at the track before, over this distance too, and he’s going to love conditions there. He was unlucky just to get pipped at Lingfield last time, where he did everything right and tried his heart out. He’s up in the weights but I feel he’s got a great chance again.
Debece goes up to Newcastle (16:25). Hedrops back in trip, which I think is a good thing, as he was full of himself the last day at Doncaster over three miles and just ran too fresh. He’s in good form and hopefully the smaller field will help him too. If everything comes right, he’s got a good chance.
Allmankind runs at Fontwell in the National Spirit Hurdle (14:50). Heis in really good form and well in himself. You can put a line through his run at Huntingdon last time, where he just wasn’t right, and it was the same story after the race. He comes into this race with no penalties, so he looks good at the weights. When on song, he always runs a good, consistent race and I’m sure he will do that again here. Hopefully he’ll take a bit of catching.