Going testing for English jumps cards

Sat 2nd Feb 2013, 10:13
Nicky Henderson has strong team out today
Nicky Henderson has strong team out today
(Healy Racing Photos)
With no racing on home soil today attentions turn to the action in England where there are three meetings over the jumps today.

The going is not surprisingly set to be testing at all the venues.

The ground is heavy at Sandown, with the back straight soft, after a dry night.

The Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novice Chase is the highlight where Nicky Henderson's exciting prospect Captain Conan is currently a 4/9 shot.

Ffos Las stages the Welsh Champion Hurdle and the going there is heavy after 2mm of rain overnight.

Henderson again has the current favourite in the handicap event in top weight Oscara Dara (currently 7/2).

The other meeting holding a jumps card is Wetherby and it's soft, heavy in places there after 0.5mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

The Grade 2 Towtown Novice Chase is the feature event and former Irish point-to-point winner Goulanes is trading as 9/4 favourite for his chase debut.

There is also action on the all-weather at Lingfield today.

Geraghty convinced Conan will stay

Barry Geraghty is convinced a step up to two and a half miles will suit Captain Conan as he prepares to tackle the longer distance for the first time in Saturday's Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers Novices' Chase at Sandown.