That nasty cold that’s going around seems to have reached me. I spent most of Monday afternoon in bed. Anyway, that means today’s column is short and hopefully sweet.
For many racing fans last weekend’s Chepstow meeting marks that point in time when the switch to jumping sphere gathers momentum. Yes, we still have Champions Day on Saturday and the Vertem Futurity the following Saturday. However, to all intents and purposes the curtain to the flat season has descended.
Inside today’s main piece I have the first two National Hunt horses for the tracker. Plus, I bid to follow up yesterday’s winning selection with another one. Tuesday’s selection can be found at the end of article.
Two for the tracker
It’s been a good October for trainer Philip Hobbs in the past 8-days he’s had 7 winners from 15 runners 47% +40.75 10 placed 67% with three of hurdlers winning at Chepstow. Its probably going to be worth noting any of the yard’s runners in the next week.
There were plenty of horses to note from the Chepstow meeting. Here are two of them.
Megan – Stuart Edmunds
A winner on the flat in Germany. The filly had made an impressive winning juvenile hurdle debut at Leicester last November. However, she couldn’t build on that success on two subsequent starts last season. Making her seasonal reappearance/handicap debut in the 4-year-old hurdle on Friday. It looked coming to three out that she would make a winning return to action. Although she jumped three out well enough, she crumpled on landing and came down. It was too early to say if she would have won but she would have been in the mix at the finish. Given how well she travelled through the race she looks like she’s started off in handicap company on a competitive mark. Provided her confidence hasn’t been hit by this mishap, she can win.
Gowel Road – Nigel Twiston – Davies
Gowel Road made a pleasing seasonal reappearance after 7 months off the track in Saturday’s valuable Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle. The 5-year-old’s two wins last season had come on much easier ground than he faced on Saturday so his 6th of 17 was a respectable enough effort. He’s remains capable of better and can win a race or two this season when his sights are slightly lowered.
In Wednesday’s column I will be looking forward to Champions Day.
Hollie Doyle gave Tricolore a good ride to win at Wolverhampton yesterday. It’s always good to get the week off to a winner as it takes the pressure off for the rest of the week.
Persuasion finished a 2-length runner-up to Tomfre in this race 12 months ago. The pair reoppose but the runner-up gets a 6lb pull in the weights. A winner at Haydock on his seasonal return. Persuasion bounced back to form after a poor run at Royal Ascot when a 1¾ length 3rd of 9 to Aratus at Goodwood 45-days ago.
Tomfre goes very well in the mud and his 5th of 16 in the valuable Challenge Cup Handicap at Ascot 10-days ago suggests he can win on testing ground before the season ends. I think it’s between the pair but at the prices Persuasion is the suggestion.
Persuasion – 5/1 @ Bet365 & Paddy Power
Good luck with your Tuesday bets.
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