1:45 Kempton – williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase
BALDER SUCCES looks best in small fields and there is every chance that is what he will get here. Just eight horses have been entered and if he runs to form, he should have a major say in the outcome of the race. He raced at Kempton last February and ran a great race to beat God’s Own, so he has good form at the track and has started this season in fair form. After running a decent race at Exeter, he finished fourth in the Tingle Creek and has 1 ½ lengths to make up with Hinterland, but he made a bad mistake and this smaller field should suit him more, so I fancy him to come out on top.
2:35 Chepstow – Coral Welsh National
HAWKES POINT went oh so close last year off a mark of 137 and on a mark just two pounds higher, he has every chance to be involved in the finish again. He was a fair hurdler and as a chaser, has always looked a stayer and although he could only finish third last time out, that was his first run since April and he is entitled to come on for the run and this trip will suit much more. Also his run in this race last year, was only his sixth chase start, so with the extra experience he has gained, he should come back an even tougher opponent.