Ackertac on the gallops

We are set for a busy Saturday’s racing, with eight runners across three meetings.

Our sole runners on Ascot’s Clarence House card is Ackertac in the 2m5f100y handicap chase.   Off since pulling up in the Badger Ales at Wincanton in November, he seems in very good order at home, has a good record at the course (221P) and he’ll be tried in a first-time tongue-tie/visor combination tomorrow.  It’s a very competitive contest, as it should be for the £70,000 prize-money on offer, but hopefully he can run a big race under Richard Johnson.

Wings Of Smoke runs at Haydock

Rev It Up will appreciate the heavy ground at Haydock if the meetings gets the go-ahead and he should go well despite remaining a few pounds too high in the weights at present, while Wings Of Smoke has a tough task in the graduation chase, but there is some good prize-money on offer and he has a good chance of making the first three.  New recruit Uncle Tone is our final runner on the Haydock card, but he faces two rivals with solid hurdling form already in the book and will need to improve on his bumper form in Ireland.

There is a good card at Taunton tomorrow and hopefully the JP McManus-owned Fayette County can atone for novicey falls at Kempton and Newbury with a win on his third chasing start.  He has won over 2m3f in heavy ground at the track over hurdles and looks to have plenty in his favour, having schooled very well at home since his last run.

Le Fin Bois has taken time to settle in with us, but he showed smart form as a novice in France last term and there were positive signs from his fifth at Kempton Park last time.  He will need to improve again on that to figure, but the step up in trip should help and I’m looking forward to seeing him run.

It has been a long journey back to the track for Wistari Rocks, who has been off since incurring an injury on his bumper debut back in September 2013, while I hope Bo’s Return can step up on the form he has shown in two starts over timber to date.