The ground continues to be saturated, but with the Cheltenham Festival only 37 days away, today’s cards carry plenty of significance. Here is our selection:
Saturday 2nd February
Sandown 3.35 WIN
In-form trainer Jonjo O’Neill’s eight-year-old has always possessed talent but has not always looked straightforward, mixing promising efforts with bad ones and developing into one of the yard’s typically inconsistent horses. However, a trip on testing ground, plus the application of a visor to help him concentrate, has brought out the best in him in handicap chases this season. He is almost a stone higher in the weights than when he triumphed at Kempton over Christmas, but he had plenty in hand that day and this is not a strong renewal of the Betfred Masters, a once-great race won in the past by the likes of Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Desert Orchid, Burrough Hill Lad and Bregawn. Victory here for Mister Hyde could set up a tilt at the Grand National.
YESTERDAY: DREAMS OF MILAN UNPLACED
YESTERDAY: SYDNEY PAGET WON
WEDNESDAY: BUDDY BOLERO WON
TUESDAY: NO SELECTION (meetings abandoned)
MONDAY: NO SELECTION (meetings abandoned)
SUNDAY: PONT ALEXANDRE WON
TIP OF THE DAY SUPPLIED BY SCOOP RACING (RICHARD SILVERWOOD).