After a quiet week there are three competitive meetings today at Huntingdon, Ludlow and Taunton and there are two selections.
P&L at advised prices since 24/8 +28.42
Ludlow 1.10 The Chazer 1PT WIN@7/2 Various
Reading the form literally is small field novice chases can sometimes be misleading, but in this case I don’t think so and I am confident the handicapper has got it wrong. The Chazer made his chase debut a month ago at Bangor finish 2nd to the mighty Peddlers Cross beaten only 4 ½ lengths. The race comment from the race are “raced keenly, held up in rear, went 2nd 8th, switched right and tried to challenge approaching last, always fighting losing battle, eased when no chance final 110yds”. What impressed me although he was never going to win his jumping was fast and accurate against a far superior rival and it was only after the last that the jockey eased off. Taking the above factors into consideration I believe the horse ran to a higher mark than the 121 he ran off that day and runs off again today. With the Richard Lee yard remaining in tremendous form he is worth a bet to see if I can prove the handicapper wrong.
Huntingdon 3.30 Amalric 1PT WIN@9/2 Various
I very rarely put selections up in bumpers but Amalric caught my eye when running a highly promising race in a competitive bumper in November. He was travelling extremely well on the inside going into the final half mile, but was short of room as the pace quickened losing valuable ground, but once clear stayed on all the way to the line to finish a comfortable 3rd to a well regarded winner. Today represents a race of similar class, but given the normal improvement from race 1 to race 2 I expect him to go very close.