General should lead the Chase at Musselburgh

Musselburgh features an excellent day's racing
Musselburgh features an excellent day's racing

General Mahler can lead by example on a cracking card at Musselburgh.

Brian Ellison’s inmate competes in the bet365 Handicap Chase but he should offer pretty good value in his quest to get off the mark over fences.

The rest of the card really ought to be owned by Nicky Henderson.

We Have A Dream is unlikely to slip up in the bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial, while Claimantakinforgan should also get the job done in the Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices’ Hurdle.

The Henderson-trained Mr Whipped will be a warm order for the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial Novices’ Hurdle.

It might be worth chucking a few bob the way of Exeter runner-up Vocaliser, who runs in the Bathwick Tyres Midsomer Norton Chase at Taunton.

Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown has no fewer than four Grade Ones.

One is unlikely to make millions supporting Samcro in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, but he has looked awesome this season and should further strengthen his Cheltenham Festival profile for the Gordon Elliott team.

The Unibet Irish Gold Cup is a really fascinating race, too, with a clutch of big names in need of a pick-me-up before Cheltenham.

Not so Anibale Fly, who was resurgent at Leopardstown over Christmas..

Expect his Cheltenham Gold Cup odds to dramatically shorten if he does what is expected of him in the JP McManus silks.

McManus is also taken to plunder another Grade One on the day with Espoir D’Allen in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle.

Willie Mullins and Elliott are well represented in the Flogas Novice Chase, but perhaps Henry de Bromhead can seize the day with Monalee.


Leopardstown: 12.40 Lady Buttons, 1.15 Espoir D’Allen, 1.50 Samcro, 2.25 Delta Work, 3.00 Monalee, 3.35 Anibale Fly, 4.10 Jett, 4.40 Relegate.

Musselburgh: 12.50 Cousin Oscar, 1.25 We Have A Dream, 2.00 Claimantakinforgan, 2.35 Mr Whipped, 3.10 Beeves, 3.40 GENERAL MAHLER (NAP), 4.20 Chanceanotherfive.

Taunton: 1.05 Grand Sancy, 1.40 It’s Obvious, 2.15 Vocaliser, 2.50 Go Long, 3.25 Local Show, 4.00 Scales, 4.30 Tactical Manoeuvre.