Speech Bubble can take advantage of good-looking mark
The opening 13:45 Handicap Hurdle looks a hot race and while Speech Bubble is towards the head of the betting at 5/1, she’s a mare I have followed this term and her mark of 130 looks quite attractive.
She was on my radar earlier in the season for Lingfield, but she was given far too much to do when finishing second on that occasion. However, she received a better ride for her novice success at Newbury – a race where she showed some of her class and the time was a good one on the slightly rain softened ground.
Her trainer Noel Williams has marked her down as a Black Type mare, and his belief was justified on her latest run with a fine second to subsequent Cheltenham festival winner Love Envoi.
Speech Bubble was still a little keen in that race and that has been evident a few times, but Love Envoi had her ground with it testing, and with Nina The Terrier in third coming out to boost the form with a good effort in Grade 2 company, that looks a nice race to work with translating to handicapping.
She could perhaps do with softer conditions, but she’s improving and she could be well handicapped.
Citizen likes a lively runner
DJ Jeffreys has a very willing horse in Lively Citizen, who has progressed well this season and looks to take on the bigger guns for the Aintree finale.
His Imperial Cup second was a career best behind Surprise Package – who once again displayed the strength of the Irish handicappers, who took the race by 9L and proved to be somewhat well treated!
Lively Citizen gave his all in behind from a low weight, and a rise of just 1lb is more than lenient. He wasn’t so prominently ridden last time, and usual rider Archie Bellamy might decide to utilise the positive tactics again as he has been a fairly keen goer.
Bellamy claims again from a low weight, and as he didn’t make the cut for the County Hurdle, he stands to have another chance chasing a big pot, especially going left-handed.
Some soft in the description will be ideal and he showed his ability to see out a race strongly when winning at Cheltenham during the winter. This is also an Extra Place Special contest to use in an each-way double.
April single bet winners
Hammersmith 7/2 placed
Entropy 11/1 placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze placed 9/2
March single bet winners:
Merry Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 Won
Skontonovski 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Envoi 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Epsom Faithfull 10/3 Won
Weveallbeencaught 7/2 Won
Red Showgirl placed 9/1
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