Our resident tipster likes the look of three runners this afternoon.
The small stable of Henry Oliver can do little wrong right now with Saturday’s Ascot winner Dresden making it five wins from just ten runners in the last fortnight.
The Worcestershire-based trainer has one runner this afternoon, MINELLAFORLUNCH, and the eight-year-old should reward favourite backers in the 2m4f handicap chase at Uttoxeter (due off 1.50pm). The stable form aside, he has plenty going for him having finished second on his seasonal reappearance here last month when clearly in need of the run. The handicapper has strangely dropped him 2lb and he’s confidently expected to take advantage in a race that won’t take much winning
Another horse who will strip fitter for his first run back is the Stuart Edmonds-trained SAN TELM, who is taken to beat seven rivals in the 2m7f handicap hurdle run later on the card (3.20pm). The ten-year-old was well backed on his return due to a combination of being 2lb lower than his last winning mark, the fitting of cheek-pieces and the booking of Sam Twiston-Davies. However, having travelled strongly to deliver a late challenge, he simply blew up approaching the last to finish a well beaten third. This looks an easier race so any losses can be recovered.
The nap, though, runs in the 3m novice chase at Exeter (2.00) in the shape of FLETCHERS FLYER. He was hugely progressive over hurdles last season, winning twice, but this point-to-point winner was always going to be a better chaser and his trainer Harry Fry rates him highly, saying in a stable interview: “Another to enjoy a good summer break and has come back looking stronger. I now plan to send him novice chasing and he has the ability and scope to make the grade as a very decent staying chaser.” With some decent sorts taking him on, he should be a backable price.