Tuesday 9th March:

#NAP – JARLATH (1.00 Exeter) – His last chase win came almost two years ago and is now looking on a very handy mark, 3lb lower than that success. This is a mark in which he has won twice off before as well and he arrives here on the back of three good runs in ‘jumpers bumpers’ all over 2m at Lingfield. He won two of them and was second, beaten a length in the other, I know they’re not much to go by form wise but it shows that he is clearly in good form and this better ground is exactly what he needs. He was double this price last night but the odds-on fav is a non-runner now which would give strong credentials of winning this rather than being placed at best. (4/1) – Bet365 – 1ptLost (-1)

#NB – ZYON (2.40 Exeter) – Made his handicap debut the last day over hurdles when held in seventh in a fairly competitive race and Paul Nicholls has decided to send him straight over fences on only his seventh career start (has had two year-long absences). He also takes a step up to 3m for the first time which he has shaped as though he’d appreciate. He’s his only runner on the day and Harry Cobden is back in the saddle (3-3-1 on the gelding). He was beaten just under two-lengths in a bumper behind the now 153-rated Emitom back in 2018 and if taking to the discipline he could be nicely weighted to win this. (4/1) – Bet365 – 1ptLost (-1)

#IWAC – DARKSIDEOFTARNSIDE (2.50 Newcastle) – This seven-year-old can be forgiven his pulled-up the last day with that coming over 3m on heavy ground (his first go at a longer trip) in a higher grade, so this drop back to a middle distance and in grade will suit and I don’t see the drying ground being too much of a concern. He’s been dropped a pound since that last run and prior to that he was second off this mark so I think there’s still plenty of room for manoeuvre off this mark despite him being 7lb above his sole win in this sphere. I’d like to think he’ll be on the premises. (7/1) – Bet365 – 1ptLost (-1)

Stake: 3pts

March P/L: -6pts

Overall P/L (Sept ’17-present): +570.15pts

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