No inspections are planned at any of the weekend's three meetings, which have all escaped the frost, though it is always advisable to ring 09068 446061, or look on the Jumping For Fun webstite, www.jumpingforfun.co.uk/, if a long journey is involved.
The first two Larkhill meetings always attract high-quality fields and the first three home in last year's ladies' open, a qualifier for the Gerrard Hunter Chase Final at Huntingdon on 16 May, Red Brook Lad, Rimpton Boy and Upton Adventure, are all engaged again. Rimpton Boy (12.35) was unbeaten after that outing and , coming from the Barber yard, is likley to have the edge in fitness.
The men's open is even more competitive with course winner County Derry, the Sally Alner-trained pair of Cracking Dawn, who showed useful form under Rules two seasons ago, and Trade Off among the 26 entries. The most progressive individual could be Coolefind, who was second here on his seasonal debut last year and then went on to win a hunter-chase at Huntingdon. Only eight, he has yet to reach his full potential.
Latzod'Alm, placed over fences in France, looks outstanding in the first maiden (1.45).
FIXTURES: TODAY: Army at Larkhill. (12.0). 5m NW of Amesbury; 10m N of Salisbury; near A303, A345 & A360.
TOMORROW: North Norfolk Harriers at Higham. (12.0). 8m NE of Colchester via A12 & B1068. Tweseldown Racing Club at Tweseldown. (12.0). 3m W of Aldershot; 6m from M3; Exit 4 or 5.