Festival Weights Released – Handicap Selections 2019

JerrysbackJerrysback (25/1) – Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1f) (Tuesday) – 1pt each way

Promising novice that holds entries in both the RSA & National Hunt chase.

Most likely to line up here off a BHA mark of 148.  Appears to have put his issues behind him, having been off the track for 633 days prior to his opening run of the season. His jumping has improved with every run and stepping up to 3m will suit.

Connections have a decent record in this race and Minella Rocco also looks appealing having dropped to a eye catching mark of 153.

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Dell OroDell Oro (40/1) – Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase (2m 5f) (Tuesday) – 1pt each way

The Moore’s have always loved this son of Walk In The Park. A  beautiful specimen that reached a decent level over hurdles.

Wasn’t competitive when behind Glen Forsa in (Grade 2) at Sandown, However, the Close Brothers has always been the identified target.

His current mark of 136 looks attractive but he will need to jump more like that of Huntingdon if he’s to go well.

Potentially well plotted!

Tom GeorgeFanfan Du Seuil (25/1) – Bootles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m) (Thursday) – 1pt each way

Recruited by Tom George after he was a winner in France.

Won on second start over hurdles at Exeter,  but we haven’t seen him on the racecourse since finishing second at Cheltenham in December.

Imposing juvenile who comes here fresh. Wasn’t knocked about by Paddy Brennan over course and distance last time out. On a lenient mark of 136 and doesn’t look exposed!BetXS Banner

Vision D'honeaur.jpgVision D’honneur (16/1) – County Handicap Hurdle (2m) (Friday)  – 1pt each way

Winner in France for R.Collet before being snapped up by Gigginstown.

With a BHA rating of 147, Gordon Elliott’s youngster holds entries in both Supreme & Ballymore. Well touted before winning on Irish debut at Punchestown, Vision D’honneur travelled like the winner when turning into the straight at next time at Leopardstown before finishing behind Klassical Dream and Aramon.

He reportedly blew up at Leopardstown, so there should be much more to come. Expected to step forward and run well wherever he shows up.

County hurdle my suspicion!

Champagne at tara.jpgChampagne At Tara (33/1) – Grand Annual Handicap Chase (2m) (Friday) – 1pt each way

10yo son of Kayf Tara that may not have reached his peak just yet!

Jonjo O’Neill always has one laid out for the Cheltenham Festival and this season I think Champagne At Tara could be the one. A busy summer campaign in 2018 saw the Grey’s chase rating rise almost 20 pounds.

A fast jumper that is best suited by good ground and a fast pace. Comes here fresh after a small break, I expect more to come. McManus loves the race!

By Barry Doyle – 27/02/2019