The jumps season continues to kick into gear in Britain on Friday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets at Uttoxeter and Fakenham.
The Paul Fergusons Jumpers To Follow Handicap Hurdle (2.50) at Uttoxeter looks like a good opportunity for BALLYDISCO to make a winning reappearance for his in-form stable.
Philip Hobbs and Johnson White have had only two runners in the last fortnight but one of those won and the other finished third. That is enough to convince me that their runners are well forward and Ballydisco appeared to be progressing well at the end of the last campaign.
He has won two of his last three starts at Ffos Las and Chepstow and proved strong at the finish when recording a good time at Chepstow on his last run. He won going away by two and a half lengths and the third Nickelsonthedime has franked the form with two wins since.
Ballydisco is only 5lb higher here and remains open to loads of further improvement as he hasn't had much racing. He can follow up his Chepstow win under regular rider Ben Sutton.
The In Memory Of Howard Bradshaw's 60th Birthday Handicap Hurdle (3.25) at Uttoxeter comes up next and it's a classy race with former Stayers' Hurdle fourth Emitom and the once smart Bear Ghylls lining up. However, they may struggle to beat topweight DOLPHIN SQUARE.
Another trained by Hobbs and White, Dolphin Square made a winning seasonal reappearance when landing a hot Pertemps Qualifier at Sandown in December and he ran several solid races afterwards. The pick was a fourth at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.
Dolphin Square has now dropped to a mark 4lb lower than for his last success at Sandown and this is a lot less competitive than many of the events he contested last season. There is every chance that the drop in class can do the trick, especially as he goes so well when fresh.
The more rain that comes, the better it will suit Dolphin Square and he could outclass them.
The 3m handicap chase (4.53) is the feature at Fakenham and Stuart Edmunds is usually good for a winner at the Norfolk track. He could get it right with the progressive ARIZONA CARDINAL.
The seven-year-old is a sound jumper who travels well and he was no stronger than at the finish when winning at Uttoxeter in May. The ground was officially given as good to soft that day, but the race was run in a downpour and conditions appeared to be more testing than described.
He has gone up 4lb in the weights, but remains open to further improvement over fences and goes well fresh. He was successful on his seasonal reappearance and chasing debut at Bangor last October and ran a solid race when a close third at Southwell after 107 days off in April.
Arizona Cardinal might handle rain-softened ground better than his rivals and can cash in.
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