Timeform’s Tony McFadden highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Huntingdon on Sunday.
Allmankind – 13:52 Huntingdon
Allmankind is compiling an excellent record over fences – he’s five from six – and he put up his best effort yet when defying topweight in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree in October. Allmankind showed an outstanding attitude to prevail at Aintree and the form of the Old Roan is working out well, with third-placed Midnight Shadow and fourth-placed Fanion d’Estruval going on to register notable victories. Two and a half miles around a speed-favouring course like Huntingdon is ideal for Allmankind and he should prove tough to pass.
Zacony Rebel – 14:27 Huntingdon
Zacony Rebel took a big step forward on his two previous efforts when getting off the mark at Fonwell in October and the form of that race has since been given a couple of boosts. An opening mark of 124 doesn’t look harsh based on that Fontwell success, which was achieved with a degree of authority by five and a half lengths, and he remains open to further improvement after only three starts under Rules.
Annual Review – 13:17 Huntingdon
Annual Review has shown only modest form in bumpers for Graeme McPherson and over hurdles for Fergal O’Brien, but some encouragement can be taken from both his efforts over obstacles. He was the only one to make an impact from off the pace when third at Ludlow and he then ran to a similar level when filling the same spot at Taunton. The step up in trip and switch to handicap company could bring about improvement and it wouldn’t be a surprise were he to prove better than this opening mark.