110 FONT –
BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Earth Dream, 4/1 Postmaster, 5/1 Mont Present, 11/2 Portside, 13/2 Wyeth, 10/1 Puccini, 14/1 Plane Painter, 16/1 Which Pocket, 20/1 Crispian, 25/1 Near The Water, 40/1 Feel The Force, Red, 50/1 Missus Jones, 100/1 Drombeg Pride, Major Cain
SPOTLIGHT VERDICT: A fair few of definite interest. MONT PRESENT could be worth chancing, having shown ability over obstacles in France and representing a top stable which won with their only previous hurdles runner here in recent seasons. Earth Dream appeals most of the rest.
Conditional jockeys – no thanks 3.85 / 1.61
BETTING FORECAST: 15/8 Alrafid, 9/2 Priest Field, 5/1 Park Drive, 13/2 Cornell Precedent, 15/2 Mad Professor, 10/1 Head To Kerry, L´Eau Du Nil, 16/1 Okoum, 25/1 Rojabaa, 33/1 Captain Sirus, Ice Cream, 50/1 The Slider .
SPOTLIGHT VERDICT: A bold show from Priest Field on his debut for up-and-coming Tim Vaughan looks likely but preference is still for once useful ALRAFID, who did enough in better grade at Plumpton in September to suggest he is still more than capable of winning at this lowly level.
Selling hurdle – 5 / 1.96 -a big drift
BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Iris´s Prince, 3/1 Monzon, 5/1 Mandingo Chief, 15/2 Liberty Ben, Neutrino, 12/1 Love Angel, 16/1 Nagam, 25/1 Alam .
SPOTLIGHT VERDICT: Though this is a different – and tougher – test to the 10 points IRIS’S PRINCE (nap) won on the bounce earlier this year, he has to be of strong interest even on his old form under rules, including a C&D win in February 2007. That pointing sequence suggests he may well be a better horse now, too. Mandingo Chief may pose most resistance.
A multiple poi nt to point winner must be of some use?
tHE STRAIGHT 8 SO 3 THE PLACE 3.15 – 1.56
Heavy ground at HExham -no bets there
Soft ground at Musselburgh – not for me
BETTING FORECAST: 7/4 Musical Script, 11/2 Manchestermaverick, 6/1 Avontuur, 8/1 Valentino Swing, 10/1 The Salwick Flyer, This Ones For Eddy, 14/1 Sion Hill, Tender Process, 16/1 Micky Mac, 20/1 Cape Of Storms, 25/1 Diminuto, 33/1 Danzig Fox .
SPOTLIGHT VERDICT: MUSICAL SCRIPT (nap) comes here at the top of his form and makes plenty of appeal in a race in which most of his rivals have questions to answer. Avontuur could be the one for the forecast.
A o-62 handicap – so very low level -can we trust this price gapper? 3.65 b/ 1.48
To be honest today, it is a very difficult choice -a NO BET for me today with horses generally over 1.45 which indicates they’re not fancied as strongly AS I WOULD LIKE to be placed