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Uxizandre carries high hopes to deliver in the Old Roan Chase

| 24.10.2014

It’s the ultimate code-crossing weekend of racing with the Racing Post Trophy showcasing some of the top two-year-olds on the flat and some great action from Aintree over the obstacles.

And after a great Champions Weekend when we tipped up 8/1 and 10/1 winners as well as an each-way selection placing at 25/1 there is plenty of pressure on us to deliver again.

We are going for a couple of each-way picks again as well as one at a shorter price.

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Penglai Pavillion – 14:20 Newbury – 16/1

Probably the most speculative of our efforts this week, especially considering he hasn’t beaten a horse home in the UK all season, but bear with us…

All the four-year-olds runs this season have come on rattling ground, which clearly hasn’t suited the horse, but when you look back on his form last year, it’s easy to make a case for him on the rain softened ground at Newbury.

Fifth in last year’s Arc and twice a winner on heavy ground, he will relish the test up Newbury’s long straight and is worth an each-way interest in an extremely open contest.

Uxizandre – 15:00 Aintree – 4/1

Our sole jumps fancy this week, and Alan King’s six-year-old could continue his upward curve having ended the last campaign winning the Manifesto Novices Chase over course and distance at the Grand National meeting after coming second at the Cheltenham Festival.

He goes well fresh, as demonstrated when he won first time out last season and will be primed to strike on a course he likes.

His handicap mark looks fair with others looking either a tad high in the weights or finished last campaign in questionable style. He will be tough to beat.

Spa’s Dancer – 15:30 Newbury – 7/1 

With plenty out of sorts in this field, we cannot see this one outside of the first three now he’s stepped back up in trip.

You can put a line through his last two runnings with the bare mile probably being too short for him these days.

A runner-up at Redcar off 1lb higher and a respectable fourth place finish in a decent Sandown handicap off 2lbs more mean that it won’t take much improvement to be involved here.

The soft ground shouldn’t be a problem, and he could cause a mini surprise in Berkshire.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.