Looking through this field and it’s such a tough one to call with all of the seventeen runners being guilty of lacking consistency. If you look at their last three starts (a total of 51 runs collectively) they’ve only garnered three victories between them.
The most recent victor is Innisfree Lad who returned to action to win at Huntingdon on stable debut a few weeks back. He’s only gone up 4lbs for that success and this former course and distance winner looks the most likely danger to my selection.
I take a chance on a horse who’s yet to claim success in his five career starts so far but returned from a 200 day absence to produce a solid third placed effort at Fontwell back in August. FELIX D’AUTRY hails from a yard who’ve sent out a couple of recent winners and although this looks a very tough ask I’m hoping Oliver Sherwood’s runner can produce a solid challenge once again.
Alberto’s Dream has a fantastic record here at Huntingdon and now resides on a very attractive handicap mark but at the age of eleven I can’t help but feel younger legs will prevail.
West To Crossgales has been pretty consistent but hints at being a proverbial bridesmaid who’s riddled with “seconditus” having been runner up on consecutive recent performances.
Hounourmission seemed to turn a corner when winning his first chase at Sedgefield earlier this month and looks more than capable of going in again with the handicapper not being too harsh for his latest success,
Never the less WYE AYE produced a solid effort to finish third on chase debut at Market Rasen and looks to build upon that performance. The yard of trainer Philip Kirby have produced four recent winners and although their five year old charge is yet to win a race in their career to date has shown enough to suggest he can finally find his head in front this afternoon.
Based on his close second at Sedgefield recently Poker Master looks by far the one to beat however trainer Philip McBride hasn’t been in the best of form and I’m happy to take on his three year old.
The one I’m siding with made her seasonal reappearance with a very encouraging fourth at Fontwell. DRUMNAGREAGH changed yards earlier in the year and moved from Ireland to Olly Murphy’s stable. The seven year old mare had a lengthy 687 break away so should come on markedly for her latest run. Now lining up in what I’d consider a weaker contest she has a serious chance.
written by Rory Paddock