Favourites In Action – Wednesday’s Four To Follow
Wednesday’s Runners To Note
There are three meetings in prospect across Britain on Wednesday. Along with all-weather action at Lingfield and Kempton, there’s a competitive jumps card from Leicester. Our experts have highlighted their quartet to watch out for across Wednesday’s meetings.
Dusart (13.50 Leicester)
Nicky Henderson will have high hopes this season for DUSART who could be an exciting chasing prospect this season for the team at Seven Barrows. The seven-year-old certainly made a favourable impression on hurdling debut when readily brushing aside future Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle winner Soaring Glory before contesting Grade 1 company on just his second racecourse visit at Aintree, finishing behind the progressive Do Your Job and Cheltenham County Hurdle winner Belfast Banter.
Dusart’s potential is there for all to see as he is rated 141 after just two starts under rules. Connections will be confident he can make a successful transition to the larger obstacles being a half-brother to high-class chaser Simonsig, and despite making his chasing debut fairly late on in the season, he should have little trouble in getting off the mark over fences.
Strong Power (14.05 Lingfield)
It looked a surprising move by trainer Alice Haynes to enter her sprinter STRONG POWER in a 0-105 contest last time out at Lingfield but there was no doubt it was the right decision when her five-year-old set the 5f course record from 18lb out of the handicap off a mark of 65.
The five-year-old was following up a recent course and distance win in Class 6 company on that latest outing and readily came clear of a decent field including prolific all-weather winner Tone the Barone for trainer Stuart Williams.
Connections look to have found an ideal opportunity for Strong Power to land a quick-fire hat-trick and he will be tough to beat under a penalty against Class 5 opposition.
Zambella (15.20 Leicester)
A winner of this corresponding race last year, ZAMBELLA will be a warm order to make it a sixth win in Listed Mares’ contests for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies. After a recent return and spin over hurdles at Wetherby in October, the seven-year-old mare returned to fences on penultimate start at Aintree and readily drew clear from some smart rivals that day including Annie Mc and Willie Mullins’ Elimay.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ mare then followed up her Aintree success with an accomplished round of jumping at Doncaster over an extended 2m4f to score by 15l over the festive period. The seven-year-old may not be ideally suited by the return to 2miles but the mare remains in tremendous form at present and is hard to oppose even carrying her penalty.
Bella Colorossa (19.00 Kempton)
It was hard not to be impressed by the way BELLA COLOROSSA readily settled things last time out on stable debut for joint license holders John Best and Karen Jewell.
The four-year-old filly certainly appeared to have benefited from a recent wind operation when travelling comfortably in the hands of jockey Richard Kingscote before quickening up smartly on the inside rail to score easily by 4.75l.
That was a fine winning effort considering the filly was returning from a lengthy layoff and stepped markedly up in trip by her new connections. There should be plenty more to come from Bella Colorossa now that she has got her head in front and if getting a decent pace to aim at once more, she will take plenty of beating.