THE CULL BANK
London – The Cull Bank can light up the post-Cheltenham fare in Plumpton’s attheraces.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on Monday.
Inevitably, there is an underwhelming air to proceedings as racing resumes at a less rarefied level on Monday after the Cheltenham Festival and Uttoxeter’s Midlands Grand National card.
But a winner is a winner and The Cull Bank has fine prospects of proving just that.
Alan King’s mares are always notable contenders, and this successful ex-Irish pointer struck on her debut under rules by a comfortable six lengths at Fontwell last month – despite an untidy jump at the last.
It was a taking performance that suggested the five-year-old should be able to win again as she moves up in trip.
Bandon Roc is a little inconsistent, but that should mean he is a decent price in the Every Race Live Racing TV Chase at Exeter.
Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old followed Hereford victory first time out with a miserable performance when pulling up at Uttoxeter in January.
He is capable, though, and goes well in this forecast soft ground.
In the Follow @racingtv On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle, Geordie B is another who has demonstrated a liking for these conditions.
Ninth Wave has made his way swiftly into moderate handicap company, and that may well spell a Southwell victory for Philip Hobbs’ former winning pointer.
Owned by Trevor Hemmings, the five-year-old is almost certainly a future chaser.
That does not preclude success before then, though, starting perhaps in the toalsbet Casino Handicap Hurdle.
Ninth Wave has been beaten a minimum of 15 lengths in three maiden events, but was within hailing distance of Star Of Lanka and Geordie B two starts ago at Hereford.
That gives him an obvious chance here, down in class and back to the minimum trip off a short break.
Then, in the toals.com Maiden Hurdle, Hobbs could be in business again with the consistent Larkbarrow Lad.
Navan hosts a good card in Ireland, on which Joseph O’Brien’s Darasso gets the nod in the Grade 2 toals.com Webster Cup Chase.
The JP McManus-owned six-year-old claimed his first win since arriving in Ireland with a dominant display in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran last month, which earned him a rating of 151.
He has winning form over fences in France and if he can translate that recent form to the larger obstacles he should prove hard to beat. – Press Association
SELECTIONS (UK times):
EXETER: 2.10 Hot Ryan, 2.40 Geordie B, 3.15 Jog On, 3.45 Dostal Phil, 4.15 Get Wishing, 4.45 Hands Of Stone, 5.15 Bandon Roc, 5.45 In Arrears.
NAVAN: 2.25 Final List, 2.55 Prospectus, 3.30 Dream Conti, 4.00 Darasso, 4.30 Exactoris, 5.00 Ballela Boy, 5.30 The Big Getaway.
PLUMPTON: 2.20 Shut The Box, 2.50 THE CULL BANK (NAP), 3.25 Enjoy Responsibly, 3.55 Collodi, 4.25 The Tin Miner, 4.55 First Lord De Cuet.
SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Briac, 2.30 Savello, 3.05 Ninth Wave, 3.35 Larkbarrow Lad, 4.05 Blue Rhythm, 4.35 Eyes Right.
DOUBLE: Geordie B and The Cull Bank