Skelton’s Ashtown Lad the form pick to win Grade 2
14:25 Cheltenham – Back Ashtown Lad @ 4.03/1
The Grade 2 Albert Bartlett trial throws up a few different threads, although in keeping with the race sponsors in the title, a few different potatoes.
Danny Kirwan has always been a bit of a hype horse, but at least he delivered last time by winning a maiden hurdle at Ascot, but I am not convinced with the step up in class, so I am backing Ashtown Lad to take another rung up the ladder.
Dan Skelton’s 6yo won at Uttoxeter over 3m with a neat jumping display to win a handicap from 123. Actually win doesn’t do it justice, he hammered the field by over seven lengths. Officially the ground was soft, but Timeform have recorded it as heavy. It marked him down as a fast-progressive horse with the way he moved to win so easily. That ranks as a decent bit of form.
He previously won at Wetherby from the front, so tactically he could make it, or he could sit behind potential front-runner Took The Lot.
Chidswell back at Doncaster could be a force
15:15 Doncaster – Back Chidswell @ 10.09/1
Trainer Nicky Richards has a couple of contenders to add to last year’s success in the Doncaster 15:15, and I am backing Chidswell to deny his stablemate Looking Well.
Chidswell likes racing on Town Moor and the track suits his style with the way he can build up into a rhythm. He hacked up in the 2019 Grimthorpe Chase at the track in 2019, and also ran well over course and distance behind OK Corral in a good race in January. His jumping let him down however on that occasion with a few errors.
He shaped nicely on comeback run last time out at Kelso, with the handicapper easing him another 3lb down the weights.
The 11yo goes from a low weight in this and handles soft ground well. And it looked as though it chewed up quite badly at Doncaster yesterday, but that shouldn’t be an issue for the selection.
I must admit, I don’t know anything about the 7lb amateur jockey Lyall Hodgins, but he has ridden a winner and a pair of seconds from 17 rides and can do low weights. The price probably reflects the inexperience and at 10.09/1, he can be considered in the Place market.
Source:: Betfair UK Horse Racing News