Boy looks hardy enough for a victory

The Hardy Boy has been ultra-consistent for Anna Newton-Smith this term and can make it five wins for the season in the Play Monopoly At skybetvegas.com Novices' Handicap Chase at Plumpton.

The Hardy Boy has been ultra-consistent for Anna Newton-Smith this term and can make it five wins for the season in the Play Monopoly At skybetvegas.com Novices' Handicap Chase at Plumpton.

Three of the seven-year-old's wins have come over this course and distance and he defied a 31lb rise in the ratings on the way.

The Hardy Boy looked set for success at this track last month only for You Do The Math to power through and collar him by a length and three-quarters. Newton-Smith's charge lost little in defeat and should be given the chance to make amends.

Mon Michel looks the likeliest winner of the Skybet Paying Five Places Selected Festival Novices' Hurdle.

Gary Moore has booked Tony McCoy and thinks this four-year-old has a fair amount of ability. On his first two starts over hurdles he was pitched in against the likes of Good Bye Simon and Punjabi.

With his sights lowered last time, he finished a respectable second to Signs Of Love at Newbury and will not have many better opportunities to get off the mark than this.

It may have been a miserable couple of weeks for Arsene Wenger with Arsenal getting knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League as well as losing the Carling Cup Final, but his namesake can fare better in the Experience The Thrills Of Skybetvegas.com Handicap Chase.

Peter Winkworth's charge is in rude health as a victory at Taunton on his last start proved and Wenger looks primed to go in again.

Paul Nicholls is another trainer counting the hours until Cheltenham and Delena can give the Ditcheat team a pre-Festival boost at Taunton.

The six-year-old makes only her second start over obstacles in the Licensed Victuallers Mares' Only Maiden Hurdle.

Delena proved useful in bumpers, winning one of three starts, and she looked ready to do herself justice on her first try over hurdles at Ludlow last December.

The daughter of Classic Cliche was second to highly-rated Tambourine Davis, but she looks capable of winning here.

Bring Me Sunshine is taken to collect on his first start over fences in the Greyhound Inn At Staple Fitzpaine Beginners' Chase.

A winner of two novice hurdles, he pulled hard on his last two starts which led to him being pulled up.

Before that he looked to have a future and the drop to two miles should not inconvenience him here.

He has always looked a chaser and could be sent off at a working mans price.

Today's saraband selections

plumpton: 2.00 Netherley, 2.30 The Hardy Boy (nap), 3.00 Mon Michel, 3.30 Wenger, 4.00 Find It Out, 4.30 Mooresini, 5.00 East Hill.

TAUNTON: 2.10 Grand Welcome, 2.40 Bring Me Sunshine, 3.10 Delena, 3.40 Sitting Duck, 4.10 Manor Law, 4.40 Present M'Lord, 5.10 Maguire.

DOUBLE: The Hardy Boy and Delena.

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