Duty has a Super chance in Grimthorpe Chase
The big betting race of the day is the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster (3.45), and Super Duty looks weighted to go well on the pick of his form.
This gelding had some very smart form to his name in 2012/13 when trained by Donald McCain, winning a novice chase at Cheltenham before going on to finish a cracking second of 23 to Same Difference in the Kim Muir at the Festival.
Super Duty attempted to make all in the latter and battled on bravely on the run-in to go down by just a head off a mark of 142.
The nine-year-old went on to finish fourth behind Dynaste at Aintree and ran well on his last start for McCain when runner-up to Hadrian’s Approach at Newbury off an official rating of 145.
Super Duty was then off the track for 409 days before shaping with plenty of promise in a handicap hurdle at Wetherby last month on his first start for trainer Ian Williams.
Not surprisingly, the son of Shantou shaped as if needing the run and was tenderly handled before finishing sixth of 12 to Join The Clan.
That run should have blown away the cobwebs and put Super Duty spot on for this, so his current mark of 141 looks very exploitable judged on his run in the Kim Muir off 1lb higher.
Mon Parrain is an obvious danger despite having to shoulder top-weight of 11st 12lb.
Trained by Paul Nicholls, this gelding has won three of his 11 starts over fences and has a touch of class.
The nine-year-old only had to be driven out to beat Our Father by a length in a competitive 13-runner affair at Cheltenham when last seen in action, and the form of that race reads well in the context of this contest.
Although now 6lb higher in the weights, Mon Parrain still looks nicely treated off a mark of 142 as he has been rated as high as 152 in the past and finished runner-up in the 2011 Topham at Aintree off 149.
Another well worth considering in the Grimthorpe is last year’s winner Night Of Milan. The nine-year-old is a dual winner at the track and has also run well to be placed on numerous occasions.
Trained by Keith Reveley, this gelding landed the spoils in this 12 months ago by five lengths, and comes into this year’s renewal on the back of an excellent third of 14 to If In Doubt at the track off his current mark of 146.