We start our day’s previews with a Class five handicap chase over sixteen furlongs.
Cerca Trova hasn’t been seen since September last year but is still highly favoured by the bookies and punters to make a winning return from a long lay off, she was impressive over in Ireland on her latest two outings over there but is heavily penalised for her UK debut and even though her trainer wouldn’t send her here unless he knew she’ll be ok first time out she may still need this run today.
The top weight Star Presenter is a very handy stayer and even though he’ll have the Stamina to see this out the pace of this shorter trip will not help but still has every chance of a place.
Seventeen Black would of definitely needed his run last time out from a fairly long lay off; he also has the benifit of a slight slide down the weights and a drop in class for this today so if stripping fitter for this today he’ll be a real player.
Bob’s Dream is the only previous course and distance winner on the card but is another that has a long absence to deal with but if he can show some of his younger form he could get close to some of these.
Dundee Blue’s best finish was over course and distance back in May and maybe one to keep an eye on in the market.
Seventeen Black (E/W if 9/2+)
We stay at Sedgefield for our second preview a Class five handicap hurdle over sixteen furlongs.
This is a bit of a minefield of a race as none of these have any real stand out performances except the under dog of the race Vodka Red; his form does show he was pulled up on his latest two outings but that doesn’t tell the full story of them runs as he was clearly out of his depth in that class so the return back to this level should clearly suit.
Jebulani is the only previous course and distance winner in the field but was seven lengths behind My Escapade when they met here last month, the latter was third in that race and can race off the same mark here again today and should go close.
Beaumont’s Party always has question marks against his name every time he runs as he is always still being tried at a variety of distances and you never know how he’s going to turn out on the day; he does though have proven form over this distance in the past so hood be a player if he decides to.
Wot A Shot tends to try and make all in his races which obviously suits at home but is usually the undoing of him in races as he tends to not find much off the bridal, if he was to be held up he could be a player but he’ll probably run his race and weaken so I’d dismiss him on those basis.
Vodka Red (E/W)
We go to the fibresand for our final preview a six furlong handicap.
John Balding won this card twelve months ago and attempts to do this again with Lucky Mark this time out; he won over course and distance back in January but hasn’t really shown much of that form since though dropping back to this grade today and only a pound higher from that last win he could go close.
Spowarticus looks lucky to of only been given a one pound penalty for his second at Lingfield eleven day’s ago as that was a great run in the company he was keeping and is another who’ll be strong dropping back in class.
The top weight Tellovoi was well supported last time out but only managed to finish third that day and it’s also a surprise to see him attempt this trip again as most of his form comes over further.
Pull The Pin hasn’t won for a very long time now but is always there abouts at this level and this is probably the best chance he’s going to get for a while to finally get his head back in front so gets the vote in a tight field
Pull The Pin (E/W if 9/2+)