Bristol De Mai can bounce back from an unusual defeat in the Betfair Chase and win the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (2.25pm) on Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ nine-year-old suffered his first loss at Haydock Park in November when finishing second to Lostintranslation as he failed in his bid for a hat-trick of successes in the Grade One Betfair Chase.
He thrives at the Merseyside track but doesn’t always put his best foot forward away from there.
But he sets the standard in the Grade Two contest at Prestbury Park and on his third in last year’s Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, he looks the one who can triumph.
He can score and set up another trip to the Cheltenham Festival for the feature on March 13.
Paisley Park have proved peerless in the staying hurdle division over the past 18 months and he too can book a return to the Festival with a magnificent seventh victory in a row in the Grade Two galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm).
Emma Lavelle’s eight-year-old won his return at Newbury in November and can continue on the road to defending his Stayers’ Hurdle crown with another victory.
Protektorat can win the Grade Two Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (3pm).
Dan Skelton’s five-year-old scored over course and distance last month but lost the race in the stewards’ room. He won it back on appeal and can continue his progress with another victory.
Paul Nicholls’ Mercy Mercy Me scored on his second chase start at Sandown last time. He can made it two wins from three outings over fences in the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (1.15pm).
The David Pipe-trained Warthog grabbed victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month and he can land another course and distance victory in the Grade Three Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (1.50pm).
Others who may win at Cheltenham are the Stuart Edmunds-trained Rowland Ward in the Grade Two JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Registered As The Finesse) (12.40pm); and Skelton’s Sofia’s Rock in the Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle (4.10pm).
At Doncaster Ravenhill Road can win the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase (3.15pm).
Trainer Sue Smith and jockey Danny Cook won a big chase with Vintage Clouds in the Peter Marsh at Haydock Park last weekend and they can do something similar in Yorkshire today.
The nine-year-old has won on Town Moor before and returns on the back of a decent handicap success at Haydock at the end of 2019.
He has the right type of progressive profile for this contest. A decent jumper who is open to more improvement and the step back up a couple of furlongs to three miles should help that.
Ravenhill Road can score at the chief expense of Jonjo O’Neill’s Quarenta and the Neil Mulholland-trained Fingerontheswitch.
Skelton can win the the Grade Two Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm) with the unbeaten course and distance winner Boss Man Fred; while another course and distance winner, Lady Buttons, can also score in the Grade Two Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle (2.40pm).
Others who may win on Town Moor are the Twiston-Davies-trained Al Dancer in the Grade Two Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices’ Chase (12.55pm); Alan King’s Mahlermade in the Sky Bet Britains Most Popular Online Bookmaker Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Series Qualifier) (1.30pm); and Kitty Hall in the British European Breeders Fund (EBF) Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Qualifier) (3.50pm).
12.40pm Rowland Ward
1.15pm Mercy Mercy Me
2.25pm Bristol De Mai
3.35pm Paisley Park
4.10pm Sofia’s Rock
12.20pm Midnight Moss
12.55pm Al Dancer
2.05pm Boss Man Fred
2.40pm Lady Buttons
3.15pm Ravenhill Road (NAP)
3.50pm Kitty Hall
1.20pm On The Wild Side
1.55pm Financial Outcome
3.05pm Haul Us In
3.40pm Fact Flow
4.15pm Out On The Tear
12.35pm Today Power
1.10pm Pirate King
1.45pm River Song
2.20pm Power Link
3.30pm Passing Nod
4.05pm Perfect Symphony
SUNDAY’S NAP: Ormesher (3pm Sedgefield)
Thyestes Chase hero Total Recall may have another crack at the Grand National
Total Recall bounced back to form when landing the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park in impressive style on Thursday.
Now the Willie Mullins-trained 11-year-old may have another crack at the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 4.
Total Recall is as low as 20-1 with some bookmakers behind treble-chasing 7-1 favourite Tiger Roll for the world’s greatest steeplechase. He is a best-priced 33-1 with William Hill, Betfred, Betfair, Paddy Power and Boylesports and his trainer Mullins confirmed he will be among the entries for the Grand National when they are revealed in the coming week.
Having won the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in 2017, Total Recall was sent off the joint 7-1 favourite for the Aintree marathon two years ago. But he was eventually pulled up two fences from home as Tiger Roll landed the first of his two wins.
But following his return to form as he won the Thyestes, under Danny Mullins, by almost six lengths from stable-mate Class Conti, Total Recall could be heading to Aintree again.
Mullins said: “It’s a huge day here and it’s like what the Kerry National is to Kerry - this is our National up here! I didn’t think he could win another big handicap after winning the Munster National and the Ladbrokes at Newbury. He’ll stay and stay all day, but when you miss the break on him I didn’t think he’d have the gears to get back into the race.
“I imagine he’ll get an entry at Aintree and at Fairyhouse. Long-distance chases in testing ground suit him.”