DOCTOR BARTOLO was a decent enough handicapper on the Flat and was running on the all-weather in September for Charlie Hills so shouldn’t be too rusty.
He’s joined Alan King who is in good form and he wouldn’t have to be a superstar to score on this hurdling debut.
This is a tight contest and CAPTAIN CHAOS just gets the nod.
He improved for his comeback when winning well in a small field at Aintree earlier this month.
He jumped well there and stays which will be an asset in the conditions.
KING VINCE did well in bumpers, winning at Fontwell and Newton Abbot.
There was plenty to like about his first spin over timber too, which came when a close third at Plumpton last time.
He should improve for that experience and looks more than capable of winning this.
NEVER UP is on the up as he showed with a battling win at Carlisle last time out. That was his seasonal comeback so you would expect him to improve fitness-wise as well as for the experience.
A 4lb rise in the weights looks more than fair and he managed to win despite finishing lame, which says plenty about his battling qualities.
ROAD TO ROME is interesting on his first run for Oliver Sherwood after showing some decent form last term.
He finished with a close-up second at Bangor where he was asked to make up a lot of ground.
He has few miles on the clock and should be on the premises.
Mullen’s star bet
3.35 Wetherby –Sammamish: ‘Malcolm Jefferson knows what he’s doing in bumpers and this one has a nice pedigree’ (add to your betslip)
JENNIFER JUNIPER comes from a yard that is going well this season and the horse herself showed some promise in an Irish point-to-point.
While you can’t read too much into that, she has ability and this doesn’t look a deep race.
3.35 – Mullen’s star bet
Malcolm Jefferson knows what he’s doing in bumpers and can pick up another with SAMMAMISH.
Her dam won on debut and she can repeat the feat before hopefully doing as well over hurdles.
12.35 Sydney De Baune
1.05 Court Liability
1.35 Young Phoenix
2.40 Undefined Beauty
3.15 Midnight Gypsy
3.45 Peculiar Places
12.15 Secret Return
1.15 West Palm Beach
2.50 Spinning Melody
3.55 Lady Lintera
4.10 Glencadam Master
4.40 Desert Doctor
5.10 City Gent
5.40 Straight Away
7.10 The Gay Cavalier