Racing: Punters' Guide - Major Bell should assume command

The former top jump jockey Steve Smith Eccles analyses Doncaster's Grimthorpe Chase
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Baronet: Showed he is as good as ever in his two races this season and looked impressive against Him Of Praise at Cheltenham last time. He stays very well and will not be stopped by top-weight.

Avro Anson: Pulled up on his only outing of the season at Wetherby. That was back in October, so there could be some doubt about his fitness.

Strath Royal: Ran well for an old stager earlier in the season but has gone off the boil.

Major Bell: Returns to the scene of his triumph in the Great Yorkshire Chase and has every chance of following up. The Major is a game and genuine horse who always jumps well.

In Truth: A long way behind Major Bell on his latest start and needs to improve dramatically to reverse the form.

Conclusion: The Scottish Grand National winner Baronet poses a serious threat, even under a big weight. However, he may struggle to match strides with MAJOR BELL, who can add this notable prize to his victory in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Town Moor in January.

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