Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's jumps action at Fontwell.
Given how impressive he was on his chase debut at Chepstow, even a mammoth 15lb might not be enough to stop RAMSES DE TEILLEE making it a double in this afternoon’s 3m1f handicap chase.
David Pipe’s five-year-old absolutely slammed his rivals at the Welsh venue, where a clean round of jumping helped him to a 17 lengths success on the prevailing heavy ground. On that evidence, he looks a very useful young stayer and with conditions set to be similar here, I fancy he can give weight and a beating to his inferior rivals.
Of these, the returning Mendip Express might do best as he has a course and distance win to his name and goes well fresh.
It’s not very often you see ‘coasted home’ among a horse’s form comments, but that is an accurate description of how easily OUR MERLIN dispatched his rivals at Plumpton seven days ago.
Given he would have gone close on his previous start but for unseating his rider three out, it’s safe to say the lightly-raced five-year-old is on an upward curve and a 7lb penalty is unlikely to stop him when he lines up in the 2m1f handicap hurdle on the card.
STOICAL PATIENT has been transformed by a change of scenery having won all three of her starts since joining Gary Moore in the autumn, including twice here and with plenty in hand on each occasion.
The handicapper has stepped in of course, raising her 9lb for his latest success, but his revised mark of 100 means she just sneaks into this class 5 off top weight and a pair of first-time blinkers might just help to iron out her jumping, which has looked a little erratic at times, albeit she’s never looked like falling.
The selection holds Spiritofchartwell on their running here last time and a bigger danger looks to be Anthony Honeyball’s Le Couer Net, who was a fair fourth on his chase debut last time.
All odds were correct at time of posting.