Wade's Walser looks primed to shine at Sedgefield
WALSER holds solid claims in the Crescent Homecare Jean Taylor Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield tomorrow.
Trained and owned by the capable John Wade, the eight-year-old's consistent streak was finally rewarded at Newcastle on January 3, when he strode three lengths clear in a two-mile handicap hurdle.
Though the form from that race perhaps does not amount to a great deal, Walser looked in especially good nick at Gosforth Park and can defy a 7lb rise.
Proved when the mud is flying, this step up to two and a half miles is unlikely to be negative given previous efforts over that distance.
It may have taken him 16 attempts to get off the mark over hurdles, but there is more to come now he has eventually discovered the winning habit.
Brian Ellison can be trusted to have MOYODE WOOD ready to roll in the Pinnacle Racing Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
Successful in testing ground at Hexham two runs back, he was put in his place next time at Newcastle in a better race.
Given we know he stays all day, he may just tough it out better than the others.
SA SUFFIT looks interesting in the Frazer Hines & Heather Moreno Handicap Chase.
James Ewart's 12-year-old may be advancing in years, but he made a really promising return to the track at Wetherby in December - his first start since November 2013.
Sa Suffit finished third behind the useful Stagecoach Pearl, but he stuck on doggedly once the cause was lost to suggest this step back up in distance will be just the ticket.
CHELTENHAM: 12.40 Peace And Co, 1.15 Carole's Destrier, 1.50 SMAD PLACE (NAP), 2.25 Annacotty, 3.00 Stilletto, 3.35 Saphir Du Rheu, 4.10 Dell' Arca.
DONCASTER: 12.25 Mr Shantu, 12.55 Three Kingdoms, 1.30 Runswick Royal, 2.05 Princess Leya, 2.40 Blaklion, 3.15 Vino Griego, 3.50 Viva Star.
LINGFIELD: 12.50 Pirate Cove, 1.25 Caminel, 2.00 Pathway To Honour, 2.35 Silverheels, 3.10 Maverick Wave, 3.45 Red Stripes, 4.20 True Course.
NAVAN: 12.45 Horse No Name, 1.20 Daneking, 1.55 Snow Falcon, 2.30 Keep Swinging, 3.05 Apache Jack, 3.40 Its The Ice I Like, 4.15 Augustin.
UTTOXETER: 1.05 Astrum, 1.40 Mondo Cane, 2.15 Spice Fair, 2.50 Our Cat, 3.25 Less Time, 4.00 Hollywood All Star.
DOUBLE: Smad Place and Vino Griego.
LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.10 Gladiator King, 1.40 Un De Sceaux, 2.10 Golden Ticket, 2.45 Hurricane Fly, 3.15 No More Heroes, 3.50 Bishops Road, 4.20 Robin Thyme.
SEDGEFIELD: 1.25 Aqalim, 1.55 WALSER (NAP), 2.25 Moyode Wood, 3.00 Nafaath, 3.35 Sa Suffit, 4.05 Astaroland.
DOUBLE: Walser and Moyode Wood.