Tom Scudamore: “I’m hopeful of a big run from Molineaux.”
Saturday – Newbury
He likes it around Newbury which was proven when he won the Mandarin Chase here a couple of runs back. His form since then has been solid.
On his last start, he appeared in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. Unfortunately he was pulled up but he got badly hampered by a faller.
He was going well up to that point and it looked like he was going to be in the shake up. This sort of race should suit him so I think he has a very good chance.
He has bounced back from a long lay-off and has had a good season so far. This is a tough race for him but I think he has each-way prospects.
He ran really well at Exeter last week. It has taken a while for him to match his form over fences but he is getting there. It’s only a small field but you have to respect all the other horses in the race.
Slate House will need to bounce back but he is the top rated horse. I am hopeful of a big run from my runner and feel we have every chance of success.
Sunday – Sedgefield
This horse won two starts back and was fourth last time. Neil seems to have found a nice opportunity for him here so I am hopeful again.
He is back over hurdles and he ran a lot better at Ffos Las on his latest start. He has won around Sedgefield before so it is a track he enjoys.
She won a few races a couple of season ago. Her form has been improving recently. Again, this looks to be a decent race for her.
Vision Des Flos Back To Winning Ways
It was nice that Vision Des Flos returned to win the winner’s enclosure last weekend. He deserved to get his head in front.
At the moment, he falls into that category where he is just below the top notch horses in the division but he is clearly very talented.
I also rode a nice horse at Exeter last week in Umbrigago who was an impressive winner of a novice hurdle contest on the card.
The handicapper has given him a mark of 141 already so let’s hope he is right. Whatever he does over hurdles, he will make an even better chaser.
Cheltenham Festival Just Around The Corner
As a jockey, you now start to have a little idea about which horses are running where.
In previous years though, I will have known exactly what I was riding in some of the big races, whereas this year I am still waiting for my book to fill.
I have Thistlecrack in the Gold Cup and West Approach in the Stayers’ Hurdle but I am keeping a close eye on the entries.
David Pipe will have a few horses which could sneak into the handicaps but there is no guarantee until the final decs are released.