Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's action.
It could be a good day for the sire Presenting as three of his progeny look to have solid winning chances at Fontwell this afternoon.
His son MOVEWITHTHETIMES, a full brother to the smart but ill-fated Venture Capital, made a winning bumper debut for Paul Nicholls at Wincanton in April and this big, strong individual can click at the first time of asking over hurdles in the opening novice. Reported to have schooled well by Nicholls, the five-year-old should know his job and the stable could not be in better form with 15 winners in the last fortnight (eight of the last 11 runners have obliged). The booking of Barry Geraghty increases confidence further.
He’s a backable price thanks to the presence of Harry Whittington’s Affaire D’Honneur, who was getting off the mark over hurdles when successful over slightly further here 18 days ago and has been put in as favourite around the 7/4 mark. He made hard work of that, though, and looks like he will better suited by a bigger field and a more truly run race (the Lanzarote has been mooted as a target), not to mention the 7lb penalty he carries for that success.
PEGGIES VENTURE, a daughter of Presenting, is fancied to defy her 7lb penalty in the division one of the mares’ bumper. She picked that up for winning one of these on her debut at Lingfield in March, fairly streaking clear of her rivals to win by four lengths. She’s since been switched to Alan King, who has a fair record in these type of races, and she should have no trouble handling today’s ‘good to soft’ turf as her sire’s progeny tend to prefer decent ground.
The Harry Fry-trained Raveloe looks a danger, although she’s already had three goes at winning a bumper and has let favourite backers down each time, pulling too hard for her own good at Ludlow last time. A bigger threat may come from Dan Skelton’s newcomer, Bisoubisou, who is worth a check in the market.
The second division of the mares’ bumper can go to another daughter of Presenting in the Philip Hobbs-trained EARTH LADY. A full sister to Be My Present, who has now won three times, including one of these, she hails from a stable who win more than their fair share of bumpers – 40 in the last five seasons at a 19% strike rate to be exact – and has been going well of late. She’ll know her job for sure.
Moonstone hacked up over course and distance last month and while that wasn’t a strong contest, she looks the main danger, ahead of Harry Fry’s point winner Tangley.
All odds were correct at time of posting.