4:20 – Redzor
his in form handicap hurdle debutant could be worth keeping onside here. Dan Skelton is 5/14,7p with his handicap debutants at the track in recent years, +21 SP to £1 stakes. The horse is unexposed, running well, and may appreciate this drop back in trip. He is also a prominent racer and there isn’t much pace on paper in this, so he should have no excuses on that front.
The form of some of his races has worked out well enough and he may well have just bumped into a decent one LTO. Dan Skelton is 13/57, 29p at the track in the last year, and his string are going along OK… 9/48,20p in the last 14 days. Most of the opposition have fitness, form and/or stamina questions, and I’d like to think this one will take plenty of beating.
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4:50 – Valgor Du Ronceray
This isn’t one to go mad on and he could be a big EW price, but given the form of the Hammond stable (5/13,8p in the last 14 days), it could be he’s about to step forward. He is lightly raced for his age, returns to better ground, goes back hurdling (now 0/9 over fences), should come on for his run LTO, and takes a massive step up in trip – he is bred to a few stayers and that trip move ‘could’ be the reason for a big step forward.
His handicap mark has been in freefall on his last few runs and he’s the sort that Hammond will find the key too soon enough, before hosing up in a weak handicap. This race doesn’t look like it has much depth and I thought he looked interesting enough. Hammond does well here with his handicap hurdlers, and is 4/16,7p +15 in class 4 handicap hurdles at the track in the last 5 years.
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