Drum Bustible to strike blow for Lambe
James Lambe crosses the water to Hexham from his Tyrone base tomorrow as he bids to add to an already impressive tally of 13 British winners this term.
The most recent of those came when Drumbaloo and Imperial Breeze doubled up at Ayr two weeks ago, and the latter is among four challengers at the Northumberland venue this time.
Of the quartet, Drum Bustible might be one of the more appealing options in the three-mile novice hurdle.
While the seven-year-old has no standout piece of form, there is enough in his profile to suggest that he might be ready to be successful in a contest of this nature.
The son of Mr Combustible had the ability to be third on his first racecourse appear-ance in a bumper at Down Royal in November and his best effort since was when he took fourth on decent ground at Ayr on his hurdling debut in January.
In his two subsequent outings, he has disappointed in testing going at home, so a return to better underfoot conditions ought to help him now.
Tomorrow's race is also the first time that he will compete over three miles, while it is significant that Lambe has opted to go for a novices' event, given that Drum Bustible is now eligible for handicaps.
At the opposite end of the country in Wincanton, northern-based handler Nicky Richards teams up with Tony McCoy for Waldvogel.
In a six-runner race where it seems the partnership might only have one legitimate rival, it's hard to get away from the seven-year-old.
Previous Aintree winner Midnight Opera will doubtless give him a something to do, but the form of Waldvogel's January Musselburgh win stacks up brilliantly.
The runner-up Aikman has come out and won twice, before finishing a fair seventh to First Lieutenant at Cheltenham, while the third horse, Bogside, has also won since.
It will be something of a surprise, then, if Waldvogel doesn't add to his lot now.