It’s back to summer Jumps stalwart Worcester for a six-race card on Tuesday afternoon.
The action is highlighted by a Class 4 handicap at 16:05, but we focus on three other races for our tips from the Pitchcroft venue.
13:50 – Lusitanien @ 4/1
The action gets underway with a two-mile handicap chase and it could pay to back Lusitanien to put in an improved showing.
Fergal O’Brien’s charge was beaten a long way at Perth last time out, but the seven-year-old had previously displayed plenty of promise in runs at Taunton and Chepstow and there are a few factors that could bring about an upturn in form this afternoon.
Lusitanien goes for O’Brien for the first time, having made the switch from Evan Williams’ yard, and it’s a chase debut for the seven-year-old.
Also, this doesn’t look an overly competitive race for the grade and Lusitanien may put in a career best.
14:25 – College Oak @ 6/1
College Oak has never won over fences but the three-time hurdle winner looks worth chancing in the two-mile-four-furlong handicap at 14:25.
Jamie Snowden’s charge has always shaped as though he would be at home over the larger obstacles, and the fact he was able to win over hurdles just last year, suggests that the engine is intact.
Will Featherstone takes off a massive 10lbs and College Oak gets in off a featherweight today.
Trip and ground should be fine and Snowden’s charge can outrun his odds.
16:40 – Onnaroll @ 7/2
Onnaroll ran a cracker when finishing a two-length second to Fort De L’Ocean at Fontwell last time out, and although the Cynthia Woods-trained was a 66/1 shot on that occasion, that was a run full of promise.
The five-year-old is lightly raced and unexposed and the run at Fontwell indicates a first career win is within touching distance.
The finale at Worcester looks to be a pretty weak contest, with the bulk of the field out of form, but Onnaroll comes here at the peak of his powers and could take some stopping.