Rose Of The Moon heads to Berkshire today from David O’Meara’s North Yorkshire stable aiming to make it three wins on the spin this season.
Previously trained by David Pipe, the seven-year-old has taken really well to fences this term and, having won easily on his chasing debut at Wetherby last month, followed up recently at Sedgefield, again ridden by Jake Greenall.
The jockey’s reaction after Sedgefield was that Rose Of The Moon jumps fences so well that a big, galloping track would bring out the best in him, so Newbury should play to his strengths this afternoon.
The Alice & George & Terry Peak Graduation Chase will be his toughest test to date, but Rose Of The Moon looks a progressive performer and he is fancied to rack up a hat-trick of wins.
Honest John also goes for a hat-trick in the First Great Western Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
Trained in Lincolnshire by Steve Gollings, the eight-year-old has wins at Huntingdon and Doncaster to his credit this winter. Life is threatening to get tougher for him from here on in, but he may be able to post another win before the handicapper nails him.
Snake Eyes was beaten at long odds-on on his latest start, but Nicky Henderson’s gelding is worth another chance in the Coolmation Maiden Hurdle.
A well-regarded horse, owned by JP McManus, Snake Eyes started at 1-5 on his seasonal debut, but seemed to be undone by greenness when beaten into second place. He is surely better than that performance might indicate and is taken to gain compensation with Tony McCoy again in the saddle.
Henderson, always a man to have on your side, especially on this, his local course, saddles Amoralist in the opening Blackmore Building Juvenile Hurdle.
Although he failed to win on the Flat for Ed Dunlop, Amoralist showed ability and the fact Henderson feels he’s worth starting his hurdles career at Newbury suggests he may be better at this game. Barry Geraghty will be in the saddle.
Red Rock (1.50), runner-up at Stratford last time, and recent Bangor winner Drum Valley (3.00) also make appeal.
At Kempton tomorrow, Norwegian Reward is picked to win the 32RedBet.com Handicap.
Trained at Newmarket by the shrewd Michael Wigham, the former Malton-born jockey, the gelding won nicely at Lingfield last time out. There looks to be more to come from him on the all-weather circuit and this looks a good opportunity for him.
The fate of Norwegian Reward tomorrow evening will further help to determine the prospects of Ermyn Flyer, who chased him home at Lingfield 12 days ago and who is now set to contest the second division of the 32RedBet.com Handicap.
Guest Of Honour is an interesting runner in the 32Red Handicap. Marco Botti’s charge broke his maiden at the third time of asking at Wolverhampton last month.
He has been handicapped off a mark of 79, which looks fair and he should prove competitive in this one mile affair.
The nap vote goes to the William Haggas-trained Polar Venture in the 32Red Casino Handicap.
A decisive winner of a maiden at Lingfield last time out on only his second start, Polar Venture promises to be even better suited to this step up to seven furlongs. Adam Beschizza again has the ride.
12.15 Amoralist, 12.50 Honest John, 1.20 Snake Eyes, 1.50 Red Rock, 2.25 Rose Of The Moon, 3.00 Drum Valley, 3.30 Double Sparkle.
Today’s other meetings: Ludlow, Lingfield and Kempton.
4.00 Mr Knightley, 4.30 Captain Starlight, 5.00 Norwegian Reward, 5.30 Ermyn Flyer, 6.00 Guest Of Honour, 6.30 Brimstone Hill, 7.00 Polar Venture (NAP), 7.30 Blueberry Fizz.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Exeter, Lingfield and Towcester.