Six meetings are scheduled to take place across Britain and Ireland this Saturday.
First off is Sandown, Wetherby, Leopardstown and Musselburgh over jumps, before two evening all-weather cards from Wolverhampton and Kempton.
Amongst our Saturday fancies is an Irish-trained raider in Musselburgh's feature Edinburgh National Handicap Chase.
14:00 Sandown - In Excelsis Deo @ 15/8
Harry Fry is responsible for two of our selections today, both from Sandown. IN EXCELSIS DEO dotted up on his chasing debut at Hereford from well off the pace in December 2022, so the return to a right-handed course from off a forecast decent gallop is in his favour, having performed so creditably at Cheltenham in his two starts this season.
The selection is competing in a Class 2 0-139 contest on Saturday but reached a notable third in a Class 2 0-152 contest on his reappearance at Prestbury Park on good ground in October, before another good effort when second on soft at the same venue in December.
The son of Saddex should be coming home strongest of all from before the last on this occasion, back on a decent surface..
14:15 Musselburgh - Peaches And Cream @ 7/2
Gavin Cromwell has a 20% strike-rate (12-61) when sending one of his chasers over to race in Britain from his Navan base in the past five seasons, and his representative PEACHES AND CREAM is a chaser to fear when he lines up in Musselburgh's feature Class 2 extended 3m7f Edinburgh National Handicap Chase.
The return to a right-handed track over this longer trip is massively in his favour having won under similar conditions at the Punchestown festival in April 2022.
He is dropping in class following an encouraging fifth of 13 behind his stablemate Malina Girl in a Premier Handicap Chase over an extended 3m3f at Cheltenham in November and should prove particularly competitive if taking a step forward from that display after another small break.
15:10 Sandown - Dubrovnik Harry @ 16/1
DUBROVNIK HARRY is a strong each-way fancy in the big staying handicap hurdle on Sandown's card.
The selection didn't seem to take to Haydock on his latest start in November and he has been given a break since that below-par effort on that tight course.
The key to his claims is two significant pieces of form from Sandown and Cheltenham which shouldn't be ignored.
The son of Yeats produced a really encouraging third of 17 on this course in May 2022 and reached an excellent fourth over 3m at Prestbury Park on his reappearance in October. A reproduction of either of those efforts would make him particularly competitive in the context of a mark of 124 from the right end of the handicap.
Nine of the last 10 winners since 2010 were officially rated 135 or lower and eight carried 10st 12lb or less to victory.
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