Purcell’s Bridge is deeply respected in the Skybet Home of The Price Boost Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
Rose Dobbin’s inmate revelled in the step back up to three miles at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day when he bossed a decent handicap chase.
The eight-year-old has gone up 9lb for that nine-length triumph, but he is clearly riding high this winter and should be followed accordingly.
Little wonder Dobbin has decided to keep him over three miles for his latest engagement on Town Moor, with the prospect of slightly better ground than at Musselburgh highly unlikely to knock him off his stride.
Grey Mirage is far from prohibitively handicapped at the moment and can strike in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield.
A competitive event is in store - as it should be with £45,000 up for grabs - and siding with Newmarket trainer Marco Botti in good contests on the sand is never a bad line of attack.
The six-year-old hardly ever runs a bad race and his fifth at this track over Christmas can be marked up as a wide draw did him no favours.
Very much an all-weather specialist, three of his seven career wins have come on the Surrey Polytrack, including when breaking the track record for seven furlongs in February last year off a mark of 100.
Fourth to the very smart Captain Cat followed on the £1million card on Good Friday, when perhaps he did not quite get the mile.
He looks to be coming nicely back to the boil and holds every chance off his current rating of 99.
Coursing took a huge step forward last time out and she can progress again to star in the 32Red Casino Handicap.
She appears to be a typical Prescott improver and it could be dangerous to write off her chances.
* Selections -
Doncaster: 12.35 Shantou Magic, 1.05 Days Of Heaven, 1.40 Made Of Diamonds, 2.15 Purcell’s Bridge, 2.50 Steel Summit, 3.20 Our Boy Ben, 3.50 A Vos Gardes.
Ayr: 1.15 Harry The Lemon, 1.45 Cathedral, 2.20 (reopened race), 2.55 Gilt Shadow, 3.25 Fine Rightly, 3.55 Baby Bach.
Huntingdon: 12.50 Bouggietopieces, 1.20 Merchant Of Milan, 1.50 Sweeping Rock, 2.25 Minella Forfitness, 3.00 Zeroeshadesofgrey, 3.30 Vinnieslittle Lamb, 4.00 Wordy’s Boy.
Lingfield: 1.30 My Lord, 2.00 Vejovis, 2.35 Spray Tan, 3.10 GREY MIRAGE (NAP), 3.40 Coursing, 4.10 Honourable Action.
Wolverhampton: 4.15 Candesta, 4.45 Legerity, 5.15 Watt Broderick, 5.45 Arashi, 6.15 Arabian Flight, 6.45 Opus Dei.
Double: Grey Mirage and Purcell’s Bridge.