We kick off today’s proceedings with a seven runner contest from Huntingdon.
The fourth race on the card sees top jockey Darryl Jacob take his second of two rides in this contest.
It’s definitely worth noting that Jacob only has the two rides and the Ben Case trained Breaking The Bank seems to be his best chance.
The trainer has hit some form with a 50% strike rate over the past two weeks.
The six year old finished a credible third here last time out and can go two better here today.
Of the remaining runners the biggest threat seems to be Gary Moore’s Hallings Wish who has run two consecutive credible efforts most recently.
Breaking The Bank (WIN)
As with Darryl Jacob in our first selection other world class national hunt jockey Noel Fehily also just has the two rides here and this looks like his most obvious sign of a winner.
Hassadin hasn’t won since a contest at Ludlow back in 2012 but looks to have returned to a modicum of form with two second placed finishes from three starts this season. The horse has the ability to get its head in front and it may have been entered into a weak enough contest to pick up victory.
The current favourite Miss Mayfair will push the selection very close after a mightily impressive course and distance victory last time out but a 10lbs rise seems very hefty and wether of not it can over come such a hike in the weights I’m just not positive this inconsistent runner will be able to.
The final selection of today’s trio is a more speculative effort and we head up to Kelso and the final race on their card.
The level of this contest is mightily poor and current short priced favourite Touch Of Steel heads the market. The James Ewart trained six year old is far from consistent and despite a win here last time a big hike in the weights will be hard to defy. This therefore leaves the race very open and it’s interesting to see that relatively locally based trainer Lucinda Russell has a handicap debutant who, despite still being a maiden, has never been beaten out of sight and tends to have finished in the top half of most of its outings. Miss Joeking isn’t likely to be any kind of future superstar but may finally get a win under it’s belt in what looks a very weak race.
Miss Joeking (E/W)