Tuesday’s racing action sees National Hunt cards at Fairyhouse, Fakenham, and Lingfield, whilst there’s also flat racing on the all-weather at Chelmsford and Kempton.
One of the shortest priced runners of the season so far, Imperial Aura, goes in Fakenham’s 2:40. Kim Bailey’s six year old is currently a 1/16 shot to make a winning start over fences in a three runner race.
Both of his rivals have shown moderate form at best, so it’s fair to say the favourite probably won’t even have to be anywhere near the level of his third in Chepstow’s Silver Trophy last month to take this.
Fairyhouse hosts a couple of runners who were initially due to run at last Monday’s called off meeting.
One time Supreme favourite Annamix got off the mark at Clonmel last March and tackles the talented and race fit Battle Of Midway in a tidy novice hurdle.
Debuchet’s connections will hope the transition to fences will help him regain his top class bumper form after he proved himself to be a remarkably disappointing hurdler- he takes on the in form Charlie Stout the novice chase.
The highlight at Lingfield is a Class 3 handicap hurdle over 2m3f, where I’d side with the Cheltenham Festival placed King D’Argent, who could be ahead of his current mark of 127.
The best of the flat action could come from Chelmsford, where whole host of debutants from top connections line up the novice stakes, which could prove to be an above average race of it’s type in time.
The weekend’s two big clashes also look to still be in the pipeline at the five day stage- both Cyrname and Altior went forward for the 1965 Chase, along with Top Notch, Keeper Hill and Solomon Grey, whilst Altior still features amongst the entries in the Betfair Chase, though it’s likelier he’ll head to Ascot.
That will leave reigning champion Bristol De Mai to tackle the up and comer Lostintranslation, though all the other entries; Frodon, Ballyoptic and Elegant Escape certainly merit their place at this level.