Charli Parcs was good value for his winning margin when beating subsequent winner Poker Play on his racecourse debut at Enghien in November and was never off the bridle when winning on his debut for Nicky Henderson at Kempton in December. His odds are likely to be prohibitive, but he appeals as the type to follow until beaten and can get the ball rolling for us in the 1.30 at Musselburgh.
Politologue last no caste in defeat when beaten 1¼ lengths by the progressive Waiting Patiently at Haydock two weeks ago and may be able to take another step forward in the 2.25 at Sandown. Paul Nicholls held a strong hand in the race at the five-day declaration stage, with Le Prezien, Clan Des Obeaux and Frodon his other entries, so in the absence of Politologue the stable selected looks the one to be on.
Despite slight doubts about his stamina over 3 miles 45 yards, Rock The Kasbah finished second in a Grade 2 novices’ chase – the form of which has worked out well – over 2 miles 5 furlongs at Ascot in December and may have more to offer. He’s done most of his winning with ‘soft’ in the going description and should have conditions to his liking in the 2.45 at Wetherby.
Last, but hopefully not least, the 3.00 at Sandown may be best left to the progressive five-year-old El Terremoto, who finished third in the murk at Haydock last time and should benefit from stepping back up in distance. Testing conditions hold no terrors for him.
Selections: Musselburgh 1.30 Charlie Parcs, Sandown 2.25 Politologue (if abs., Paul Nicholls’ selected), Wetherby 2.45 Rock The Kasbah, Sandown 3.00 El Terremoto (1-point win Yankee)