There's plenty of doubt about which meetings will go ahead this weekend, but if the action gets the green light at Ascot, then there's one that I can't resist in the Bumper on the card. My only selection for Saturday's racing comes in the shape of Belle de Manech, who represents Anthony Honeyball.
She was an impressive winner on debut, and I suspect that her latest performance at Cheltenham will have put an edge on her. I must confess, I don't think these Honeyball runners progress rapidly, as they are often very clued up on their first visit to the track, but her debut form when she won impressively should be good enough to take this and she can bounce back to winning ways, for a stable which are going well at present.
When this horse ran at Kempton, 16 ran and he got the better of 13 of them - he basically just ran really well. Honest Vic, the winner of that race is a strong stayer who was well handicapped, and the runner-up Star Of Lanka is an out and out stayer too, but Our Power did best of the rest on just his second start for his new stable, on his return to action from a lay-off around 10 weeks.
Our Power has always looked a stayer, but the most eye-catching thing is the fact that the handicapper dropped him for that effort, and I couldn't believe that really. That means he can edge back from a 0-140, to a 0-135, and his looks a pretty ordinary 0-135 at that. He looks potential NAP material in this race.
There's a horse in here who I think boasts a pretty good piece of form for this grade. The Manuscript comes into this on the back of a properly run race at Chepstow where the winner has already come out and won since over hurdles off a higher mark, whilst horses who finished down the field in that contest have also shown improved form since.
There's just a feeling that his previous race was a strong race for the grade, and this contest at Market Rasen looks quite the opposite, so The Manuscript will hopefully pick up his second success over fences and take this.