HORSES for courses is a well-worn cliché but when it comes to finding winners it is a reliable system. Desert Orchid always looked unbeatable at Kempton, Bobs Worth has a growing love affair with Cheltenham while Red Rum and Aintree are embedded in racing folklore. On a more modest scale is ARTHURIAN LEGEND and Chepstow. Philip Hobbs’ eight year old has only ever won at the Welsh track. He loves it there and has never run a bad race. On Saturday he contests the 3m novice chase at 2.25 and what a hot little contest it is. Just A Par and the three others are all useful but Arthurian Legend is back at his
spiritual home and he should run his usual huge race at his favourite track. He also has the added benefit of chasing experience, which could give him the edge on his rivals.
When it comes to courses, WALKON is also pretty keen on Aintree. A Grade One winner there as a juvenile, he ran a mighty second in the Topham in April and is being aimed at the Grand National.
He kicks off his season in the Grade Two Old Roan Chase and if ever a horse deserves to get his head in front it’s this chap. He was second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last season and was runner-up again in another big handicap at Cheltenham to Unioniste, before finishing off with his gallant second in the Topham under a big weight. He will relish the cut in the ground and goes well fresh. This is also a sub-standard renewal of the race.
His trainer Alan King could land a big race double as the admirably consistent ARALDUR runs in the Silver Trophy Hurdle at Chepstow. Wayne Hutchinson got a great tune out of this giant horse last season, winning two good handicaps including over the course and distance. The fact he has top weight is irrelevant: he is huge and will carry the weight all day. The King horses are firing and he could be the one to beat.
On the flat, the Racing Post Trophy is more open than usual and could easily produce a Derby horse. PINZOLO and Century are fascinating runners from the Godolphin and Coolmore machines respectively, with slight preference for the former.