Grounds for backing Rothman
ROTHAM is worth a shout in the C & S Electrical Wholesale Bg Electrical Handicap Chase at Taunton.
Paul Nicholls finished the Cheltenham Festival with a flourish as he saddled the final two winners of the meeting, and he can carry on the good work here – albeit at a much lower level.
The six-year-old was a 12-length winner at Fontwell last August, making a hash of a couple of fences but still prevailing in comfortable style.
He would not be one of the Ditcheat stars but his perch of 124 does not look too harsh and Nicholls appears to have been biding his time for spring ground with this runner.
General Ginger should go close in the C & S Electrical Wholesale Lewden Palazzoli Handicap Hurdle.
Harry Fry also had a week to remember at Cheltenham as he registered his first Festival winner, and has another nice sort here.
The six-year-old chestnut was always going to be up against it at this track on his last start in November as he had to give away 10lb to the 139-rated Modus.
General Ginger still shaped well in second place, with the third horse home Miles To Milan having swiftly found the winner’s enclosure.
Fry’s inmate is an honest horse with a bit of a quality and will have no issues reverting to two miles in a race like this.
He has presumably been kept off the track in anticipation for better, spring-like ground and can illustrate the point racing off a mark of 131.
Oscar O’Scar is the pick in the Belhaven Brewery Novices’ Handicap Chase at Kelso after proving most consistent in five outings so far this term.
Winning once and being placed on the other four occasions, Micky Hammond’s charge is clearly relishing his switch to fences now.
Dante’s Way merits an interest in division two of the Southwell Golf Club Pay & Play “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle at the Nottinghamshire venue.
Malcolm Jefferson’s charge impressed when winning at Kelso on decent ground last May but he could not repeat that form on more testing conditions at Carlisle in November.
Jefferson subsequently gave him a bit of a break and better conditions should see him return to his best.
Irish News Yankee
Double: Oscar O’Scar
Treble: General Ginger
Yankee: Dante’s Way