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Royal looks Sceau good in Elite at Wincanton


Alan King has big claims today

Alan King has big claims today

Alan King has big claims today

Sceau Royal can further vindicate a change of plan by putting his name on the roll of honour again in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.

Alan King's versatile eight-year-old won this race at his first attempt in open company back in 2016.

He has returned to Wincanton twice since, for the track's other Grade Two hurdle over the minimum distance, and on each occasion has finished placed in the Kingwell.

Sceau Royal therefore clearly acts well round this sharp course - and although he has spent the majority of his time in the intervening years admirably contesting top-class two-mile chases, he proved last time out that a switch back to this discipline suits him fine too.

He was a convincing winner of the Welsh Champion Hurdle on his first start of the season at Ffos Las last month.

The conditions of this race, as well as the track configuration, play to his strengths - because he is due to receive weight from two of his five rivals.

The Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase is fiercely and typically competitive.

A case can be made for any number, and many will be touting Paul Nicholls' likely favourite Danny Whizzbang, but it may be worth siding with Some Chaos at decent odds.

Michael Scudamore's course-and-distance winner has a significant ground preference - and the relatively lively surface forecast here for the time of year is just fine.

He can be clumsy, and of course that can be costly in a race of this nature. But that concern is factored into his price - and after overcoming one or two sloppy jumps to prevail at Kelso last time, he arrives in winning form.

Ch'tibello may be the solution to Aintree's Watch Race Replays At racingtv.com Hurdle.

Dan Skelton's nine-year-old is another who is favoured by race conditions, rated superior to the majority of his opponents yet receiving weight on this occasion.

It is a favourable opening his in-form trainer was never likely to pass up - and for good measure Ch'tibello has run with great credit on his only two attempts over course and distance.

Today's selections

AINTREE: 12.25 Docpickedme, 1.00 Repetitio, 1.35 Portrush Ted, 2.10 Espoir De Teillee, 2.40 Ch'tibello, 3.20 Defi Sacre, 3.50 Hear Me Out.

CHELMSFORD: 4.30 Apache Mist, 5.00 Win O'Clock, 5.30 Top Of The Pops, 6.00 Terrichang, 6.30 Sherella, 7.00 Amazon Princess, 7.30 Invincible Larne, 8.00 Azor Ahai, 8.30 Beat The Breeze.

DONCASTER: 11.50 Imperium Blue, 12.20 Tipperary Tiger, 12.55 Tranchee, 1.30 Brando, 2.05 Ice Sprite, 2.45 Dream Round, 3.15 On To Victory, 3.45 Flying Pursuit.

KELSO: 12.00 Lord Du Mesnil, 12.32 Las Tunas, 1.07 The Distant Lady, 1.42 Looks Like Murt, 2.17 Bako De La Saulaie, 2.52 Leostar, 3.27 Green Zone, 3.57 Fete Champetre.

NAAS: 12.15 Fugacious, 12.50 Wood Ranger, 1.25 Tide Of Time, 2.00 Cerberus, 2.35 Barrington Court, 3.10 Yafordadoe, 3.40 Real Force, 4.10 Cannoli.

WINCANTON: 12.40 Keep Moving, 1.15 Lord Baddesley, 1.50 Sunrise Ruby, 2.25 Ga Law, 3.00 SCEAU ROYAL (NAP), 3.35 Some Chaos, 4.05 Silent Revolution.

DOUBLE: Sceau Royal and On To Victory.