It’s time for the weekend Jumps action and there are some fascinating cards to get stuck into, but there’s a caveat…
Due to the recent poor weather there are inspections taking place in the morning at all three of the courses where tomorrow’s Jumps meetings are due to happen, so please bear this in mind before you put your selections on – it really is worth waiting until the inspections have been completed.
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I’ve decided to bring you one selection from each of tomorrow’s Jumps meetings in the hope that at least one or two will go ahead. I am pretty sweet on all of them, so if the Jumps do get the green light in the morning, I am hopeful of good results. I have put up two selections for the Jamie Snowden yard, who are in great form at the minute and as the team unleashes two of their stable stars this weekend, I have my fingers firmly crossed.
We have some really good jumping action at Ascot on Saturday and in the Handicap Chase there is one that I particularly like the look of, which is Twinjets for the Milton Harris team. I happen to know that the yard thinks the world of this horse and he’s a nice contender, but it’s his first time over fences here. Hopefully, some decent obstacles in front of him will bring out some nice improvement in him this season. However, the one I think takes the beating here though is Passing Well, for Jamie Snowden, who definitely looks set to have a decent future over fences.
He had some good form as a Novice Hurdler last season, and when I caught up with Jamie in September, he gave me Passing Well as his Novice Chaser to follow for this year, so he clearly thinks plenty of him. I think he is a horse that’s ready to excel this season and to me looks well handicapped for his chasing debut.
We have a very high-class Listed race for the mares here and Luccia is the favourite for Nicky Henderson. But what I really do not get, is why Nico isn’t going to Wetherby to ride her and it puts me off her chances a little bit. The alternative is You Wear It Well. She was the winner of the Mares’ Novice hurdle at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and she is going to be very tough to beat if she turns up here in anything like that kind of form.
She won that day carrying a penalty and still pulled clear at the line, beating all of the Irish brigade and it was a seriously impressive performance. She will be a lot stronger this time around and will go up in trip as the season goes on, but this is a good starting point for her and I think the 3/1 about her is pretty good value. We have really soft ground at Wetherby, so the stamina she has will play to her strengths and I think she has the beating of Luccia here.
Take a quick scan through this race and it’s likely you would immediately be drawn to Rexem or Chasing Fire, who both switched to fences at the end of last last year and have some very nice credentials between them. But I think the one to back here is Kiki Badger, for the Anthony McCann yard.
He comes here really well-handicapped, he has already had two runs over fences this season and his form stacks up quite nicely. Considering the first two I mentioned are making their first appearance of the season, I think that experience will play a big role here, so Kiki Badger to make it third time lucky over fences for me.
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