TOMMY WHITTLE CHASE
DAKLONDIKE can repeat last year’s success in the Tommy Whittle Chase.
A recent run has been crucial with all of the past 10 winners having been out within a month or so. That is a big negative for Crosspark who is back from a 56-day break.
Unusually, it’s a minus to have won last time out which means Lord Du Mesnil has a mountain to climb.
This isn’t a race for veterans with eight the oldest scorer in the past decade.
So 12-year-old Top Wood has to go along with Vintage Clouds and Late Romantic who are both nine.
Calipso Collonges has never won over any further than 2m4f which is a major worry as most winners of this have plenty of staying power.
That has cut them down to a shortlist of just three – Daklondike, Orchardstown Cross and The Hollow Ginge.
You can make a case for all of them but given that trainer David Pipe has won two of the past five runnings, last year’s winner DAKLONDIKE gets the nod.
Carrying a big weight is no drawback as three of the past four scorers had more than 11st on their back. It was bottomless when he scored 12 months ago and he’ll have similar conditions this afternoon.