Came down to earth with a bump yesterday after such an impressive first day, and it will be good to bounce back with a few winners today. Even for those who were backing the favourite, nobody could begrudge Sprinter Sacre a smile with his return to the winners enclosure, one of the highlights of the day!
Here are our thoughts for each race of the day:
1.30 JLT Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
OUTLANDER 5/1 ew
Impressive hurdler who has made excellent start to chase career. Really solid jumper and should be involved here if continues in that vein.
2.10 Pertemps Network Final (Listed Handicap Hurdle)
OUR KAEMPFER 10/1 ew
Siting on a good mark, was unlucky when brought down last time out at Haydock after a good 2nd the time before. Had a small break and should be more than ready for this challenge now.
2.50 Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
VAUTOUR evens & Road To Riches w/o fav at 4/1
An interesting change in targets for Vautour team makes this into a strong contest, but he is the class chaser in this and if arrives here at 100% should have no problem in seeing off this field.
3.30 Ryanair World Hurdle (Grade 1)
COLE HARDEN 7/1 ew
Thistlecrack will be a hard nut to crack here but we are very much drawn to the claims of last year's and could potentially sneak a big upset here. The return to faster ground very much in favour and should put up a fight for retaining crown.
4.10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)
FINGAL BAY 10/1 ew (5 places most bookmakers)
An old favourite of ours who wasn't at best last time out but capable of a big performance in here in first time tongue tie and blinkers.
4.50 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)
Hot prospect and very hard to see past in this.
5.30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Amateur Riders)
UPSWING 9/1 ew (5 places bet365 and ladbrokes)
Best excused latest effort when upped in trip in the mud and the return to this trip and a sounder surface in definitely in favour.