Team Twiston 14th February 2020
2.25 - Bit On The Side makes her second hurdles appearance, this time in a mares only event, after running in a good event over 2m 5+f at Ascot four weeks ago. She went well enough early on, but faded late on to finish 5th of 7. She drops back to 2m 4f on similar heavy ground today and though still highly tried, a better run can be expected. Tom Bellamy rides.
2.45 - Leroy Brown won on his bumper and racecourse debut at Worcester, then ran well to take 3rd next time in another bumper at Stratford. Pulled up on his hurdles bow at Ffos Las on inconsistent soft/heavy ground, he should go better here over a similar 2m 4f. Only four runners, but it looks highly competitive. Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle.
3.20 - Rizzardo won comfortably at Huntingdon eight days ago, fulfilling some of the promise shown with two previous seconds from four chases this season. He’s up 9lbs to 116 but the manner of his win over a similar trip of 2m 4f suggests that he can cope with that and has a good chance of following up. Jordan Nailor rides and his 5lb claim may prove useful.
4.50 - Fantastikas has had two bumpers, showing promise with a good second place on his debut at Southwell in early December on soft ground, but then appearing not to cope with the heavy going when mid-division at Newbury a month ago. Meets the better ground today, expected to be much more competitive and can go close. Sam rides.
Rizzardo on the all weather gallops at Grange Hill Farm with Jordan Nailer