Newsboy fancies his nap, Golden Ace, to hit the bullseye at Taunton and also hopes Emailandy can score at Market Rasen and complete his Daily Double
GOLDEN ACE is fancied to hit the target at Taunton this afternoon.
The six-year-old, trained by Jeremy Scott, was runner-up to Cheltenham Festival bound Dysart Enos in the Grade 2 mares’ bumper at Aintree last season and returned after a breathing operation to win over today’s course and distance last month.
He overcame a mistake two out to hold off Nicky Henderson’s Lucky Place by three-quarters of a length.
Lucky Place subsequently finished a half-length runner-up to the much vaunted Gidleigh Park at Cheltenham.
My selection has nothing of that calibre to beat in the Stables Business Park Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and looks sure to progress under Lorcan Williams.
At Market Rasen, EMAILANDY (2.05, nb) can post another victory for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, this time in the Trustatrader Hurdle over 2m5f.
The six-year-old showed decent form in bumpers but looked even better over hurdles when cruising to a nine-and-a-half length victory over Goodwin, a winner since, at Plumpton in November.
The son of Mount Nelson has been placed twice since in higher company than today’s field – finishing third in a decent Newbury novice hurdle before finding only Mahons Glory too strong on his handicap debut at Kempton on Boxing Day.
1.35 SAILED AWAY
2.05 EMAILANDY (NB)
2.35 GOOD LORD
3.05 TOP CLOUD
3.35 EASY BUCKS
4.05 NORTHERN AIR
1.50 CLASSIC KING
2.20 SECRET SQUIRREL
2.50 BENY NAHAR ROAD
3.20 MERRY MONTY
3.50 GOLDEN ACE (NAP)
4.20 SURE TOUCH
5.30 EAGLE’S REALM
6.30 PANAMA CITY
7.00 MOONLIGHT EXPRESS
NEWSBOY’S DOUBLE: GOLDEN ACE and EMAILANDY