Thursday’s racing action comes from Wincanton, Ludlow and Newcastle. As always, Daryl Carter is on hand with all the day’s betting info, stats and angles, as well as tip in the 13:45 Wincanton…
“In receipt of weight all round and firmly on the upgrade with excuses for an excellent run at Ascot, Gary Moore’s Imphal certainly looks the way to go.”
There are just the three meetings to get stuck into today, but there’s quality sprinkled into those. All three meetings hold competitive affairs, and we head to Wincanton for our feature race in which Gary Moore’s improving Imphal will look to make a mockery of the handicapper’s two-pound rise after an eye-catching performance at Ascot last time.
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The 14:00 Maiden Hurdle at Ludlow looks like a wide-open contest on paper, and in recent years, the race has seen 100/1, 22/1 and 20/1 winners. Don’t be afraid of a price!
Jockey Lucy Turner has a 38% strike rate at Ludlow, and she saddles up on Gardefort 4.03/1 in the 14:30 for Venetia Williams.
In the 15:00 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow, Terresita 3.02/1 will look for back to back handicap wins after an impressive performance at Fakenham on her latest outing and looks a good way ahead of the handicapper off this eight pounds higher handicap mark.
Britain’s first Hunters Chase gets underway at 15:30 at Ludlow, and Jockey Miss Gina Andrews has a 36% strike rate at this venue. Today she rides Hogan’s Height. Another Venture 2.915/8 makes his debut in this sphere for Nicky Henderson.
In the 14:15 Handicap Chase, Mrs Jane Williams boasts a 43% strike rate over fences at Wincanton, and she saddles recent course winner Esprit De Somoza 4.57/2. This looks like a hot race, though, Oneupmanship 3.55/2 was travelling exceptionally well on chase debut before departing two-out at Ffos Las, and he does have two creditable runs to his name at this venue.
Trainer Sam Thomas is zero for seven over hurdles at Wincanton, but he does have a 30% strike rate with first-time blinkers. Could that be enough to spark Welsh Saint 9.08/1 back to life in the 14:45?
Paul Mulrennan takes the ride on Ballyare 6.05/1 in the 17:30 Handicap at Newcastle, and he has a 43% strike rate when riding for Lucinda Russell here.
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today’s tracks and could be in with a chance today.
Weighted to go well
“Weighted to go well” highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Trainer Charles Hills has had three winners from his last seven runners and has been operating at a 43% strike rate in the last 14 days. Today he saddles Cephalus 2.111/10in the 16:30 at Newcastle.
Trainer Andrew Balding makes the 300-mile journey from his base to Newcastle with one runner today. Antiphon 2.01/1 runs in the 18:00 Handicap.
Race of the day
We head to Wincanton for today’s feature race, the 13:45 Handicap Hurdle. Many of the eight runner field arrive out of form, and Imphal 2.68/5 for Gary Moore heads the market after an excellent performance in a hot race at Ascot in which he was well worth an upgrade considering the almost race-ending incident at the first flight when very badly hampered by two fallers.
It was a remarkable recovery by Jamie Moore. Despite being detached from the field’s main body by a good ten lengths, he finished second to a well supported and extremely well-handicapped Irish rival.
He is firmly on the upgrade and is well treated off this two-pounds higher mark not only on his recent run in which he managed to beat a useful field but his bumper and flat form.
He is thriving, and connections look to have found the ideal opportunity here, with nearly all of his rivals arriving out of form with something to prove.
He should take a world of beating here.
Jepeck made all of the running to score at odds of 40/1 over the shorter trip of 2m5f last time out and will likely try and attempt the same tactics today.
Front runners have a good record at Wincanton, and they can prove hard to catch, so he has every right to be involved at the finish.
The 13-year-old remains feasibly handicapper six pounds higher, but this is a quick turnaround for one of his age. He’s respected.
St Barts has been disappointing over fences, but it’s too soon to give up on him, and the return to hurdles could spark him back to life. He still has the potential to rate higher than this handicap mark of 128, but he is starting to prove unreliable, and he has the physique of a chasing type, so maybe this is a confidence booster more than anything else.
Still, he is the one in the field that could have more to offer, and any market support would be interesting.
Big race verdict
In receipt of weight all round and firmly on the upgrade with excuses for an excellent run at Ascot, Gary Moore’s Imphal certainly looks the way to go. While this track may not be best suited to those held up at the rear of the field, there looks to be a good clip on here that will suit, and there won’t be many better opportunities for him to grab his fourth win the season.
Timeform looking for a sparkling performance at Newcastle
Timeform’s Tony McFadden highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Newcastle on Thursday.
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