Ultra Violet is having his first handicap run today and he is certainly an interesting contender although he hasn’t exactly proved that he stays the minimum distance yet having only raced at a mile in France.
Gemologist was desperately unlucky not to break his duck last time out over course and distance but he is very exposed and considering he is still a maiden in twenty four attempts over hurdles he is passed over.
Court Jurado may just provide the solution to this puzzle. He ran very well in his two previous chase starts at Musselburgh and has now dropped to a mark where he can be really competitive. He shouldn’t mind the ground and will be staying on at the finish and he is my selection.
COURT JURADO (E/W)
Eaglehill has a very impressive strike rate under rules and has really taken a leap forward since switching to fences. He won’t mind the conditions today and has to be a serious contender. He does seem to throw in the odd bad performance here and there though and for this reason I wouldn’t want to take a short price for him.
First Account has been running well over hurdles and fences in recent times although he ran four times on the flat and seemingly didn’t take to that discipline. He also has to be very high on the list having won over this course and distance over hurdles although his record overall is patchy.
Brian Boranha is a veteran who took full advantage of a drop in the weights when returning to winning ways at Catterick and is still very well in on his best form. He only goes up 2lb for that victory and he obviously still retains his ability at this level and he would be my selection here.
BRIAN BORANHA (WIN)
written by Tom Bates