Good morning all,
Second part of the weekend's action looked at, with three more that caught the eye.
Found the right race to have a go at yesterday but sadly the wrong horse, which ran like a drain. Ludlow today offers up an opportunity for one at a price that landed a gamble this time last year. Will history repeat?
1.15 Saturday, Handicap Chase
Highway One O One (Chris Gordon)
Yes, he makes the Eyecatchers after this tremendous effort in finishing fourth over a trip probably a little bit too far for him (although I admit he stayed on better than I imagined he would) and giving lumps of weight away to the front three. This run showed he had no ill effects from his fall in the Bet Victor and still marks him out as a smart prospect for the season. Still bang there between the last two after a solid round of jumping, he was anchored by that big weight late on but stuck to the task most willingly. He’s a lovely horse and although there might not be a lot more give in that mark, there has to be a good race in him this year. The Brown Advisory looks the obvious spring target, given he acts so well at Cheltenham.
2.30 Saturday, Handicap Hurdle
Peter The Mayo Man (Dan Skelton)
Another I’d made mention of and had tried a few quid on at a big price Saturday and turning for home I held out hope of copping the lot, so well was he travelling (traded under 9-1 at one point, from a Betfair SP of 65. Thanks to Andrew Mount for that stat.) But the worry about the ground came back to haunt me and he couldn’t pick up on what was very sticky ground by this point. Nevertheless, this (and his previous effort at Cheltenham) at least showed the basic engine was still there and come the spring and genuinely good ground, he needs to be on your radar for a good handicap hurdle.
12.30 Sunday, 2m Juvenile Hurdle
Tremwedge (Ellemarie Holden)
Tremwedge had been well and truly stuffed off a mark of 56 at Brighton (over 10f) in October so things hardly looked promising for his hurdling career, but lo and behold, eight flights of hurdles and a trip seem to have turned his fortunes around and he is improving quickly. What makes this run all the better is not just that he’s finished third to two useful looking sorts in Cerberus and A Wave Of The Sea, but that he pulled very hard early and was still able to finish his race off with some purpose. As he learns to settle better he can surely only improve. I shall be fascinated to see how he progresses.
I have done the card for Ludlow for the Life today , but there won't be a Colossus as I can see almost all the favourites getting involved, and there's no point. (That's probably the cue for six rags coming in.) But I do like the chance of The Toojumpa in the novice chase handicap at 1.00. She landed a right touch at Bangor this time last year (big early prices into 3-1 at the off) and I wonder if they might try again today, as conditions look fine and I thought she put in a perfectly solid chase debut against a much higher-rated rival at Uttoxeter last time. As I say, some money for her would make him more interesting, but even as it stands, I think she's a decent chance.
Good luck with all your bets today,