Timeform take you through the card at Fontwell on Monday…
“…he should have even more to offer…”
Timeform on Clondaw Westie
13:20 – MY BROTHER (8) is fairly useful on the Flat and has made a good start over hurdles for this yard. He is best forgiven his latest run at Sandown, unproven on ground that testing, and the fact he was well supported beforehand suggests connections feel he is on a fair mark. Both the trainer and jockey do well at Fontwell and My Brother is fancied to open his account over hurdles returned to quicker ground now. The well-backed Not Never looks the obvious danger.
13:55 – SO LONELY (11) might not be the most straightforward but is entitled to have come on for her Newbury run when starting out for Dan Skelton and she could be the way to go. Millarville is thought capable of better than what she showed at Warwick and a wind operation may help. Pardon Me looks another player back in a race like this.
14:25 – CUCKLINGTON (1) managed to win four times last season and, though he hasn’t been in much form so far this campaign, there is reason to think a better showing could be in the offing now from a falling mark. All four of those wins came in blinkers, and he has that headgear reapplied today (replacing cheekpieces), and he was well backed when disappointing at Wincanton on Boxing Day. This is a less-competitive affair and it would be no surprise were Cucklington to go close here. Midnight Bliss was disappointing last time but is the type to quickly bounce back.
14:55 – UMNDENI (12) could do with brushing up his jumping, but there’s plenty of ability to tap into and his fifth-placed finish in a hot maiden at Newbury reads well. Brigade of Guards also ran in that race but has a fair bit to find, so I’d Better Go Now is feared most starting out for Dan Skelton.
15:25 – This looks a competitive race of its type, and CLONDAW WESTIE (1) shaped as though he’d come on for the run after eight months off at Sandown last month. He enjoyed a cracking first season over fences in 2017/18, winning four times in all, and he should have even more to offer, too, seemingly still at the right end of the handicap. Clondaw Westie wasn’t given a hard time by Aidan Coleman once his chance had gone, and he is fancied to reap the benefits of that now.
16:00 – SKY FULL OF STARS (2) lurks on a good mark and took a step back in the right direction over fences last time. He could strike back over hurdles, with Bolister and Ruby Russet, who have also been given a big chance by the handicapper, feared most.
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