The main betting race of the day is the Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at
3.00. This is usually a very difficult event to work out but we could
do worse than put a few pounds each-way on Chivalry. His trainer thinks
very highly of him but says he needs decent ground to be at his best.
He can run well and is currently available at 20/1.
There are many others with decent chances including Escompteur, Monte
Cinto and recent seller winner Rob Leach. I think Chivalry has the
class to run a big race and will be disappointed if he is outside the
first four home.
The 2.35 Sandown appears much more straight forward and I am looking
for Marcel to continue his run of excellent form. I’ll be surprised if
he doesn’t win.
Assuming Uttoxeter gets the go ahead we will need to look for horses
who can go on bad ground. The seller at 1.20 looks like a match between
Mantles Prince and Tensile.
They are well in advance of anything else on the official ratings and
it could pay to invest in the forecast in this event.
Other soft ground specialists to look out for at Uttoxeter are Crazy
Horse in the 2.25 and Ballinclay King in the 3.00. Both could run well
with conditions in their favour.
SAND 3.10 CHIVALRY (EW)
SAND 2.35 MARCEL
UTTOX 1.20 MANTLE’S PRINCE / TENSILE (FORECAST)
UTTOX 2.25 CRAZY HORSE
UTTOX 3.00 BALLINCLAY KING