A fairly inauspicious start to the card with this three-runner mares’ novice hurdle. But with the presence of a close relation of Nicky Henderson’s Santini running in the shape of Kimmins, there will be a bit of interest.
While many will want to subscribe to the outsider-of-three system and back the early outsider Wilderness. If pushed however, I would plump for Blue Sans, to put to good use her hurdling experience at Sedgefield – but I won’t be pushed!
After an unappealing race from a betting perspective in the first, comes a nice opportunity in this handicap hurdle over nearly 2m2f – in which if you can get some 2/1 about the Paul Nicholls-trained Light In The Sky, then I suggest taking that. Two runs since a wind operation have been a mixed bag, but on the proviso that he improved massively to run well in second, in a novice hurdle here last time, he could easily take a jump forward again.
Given he made all for his only win in France on the flat, and with no obvious pacesetter in opposition, I wouldn’t mind betting Bryony Frost sets out ‘Frodon-style’ from the front on Light In The Sky.
The second bet on the card comes in this 2m3½f handicap chase, and it’s a lovely cowardly each-way go at Episode at 9/2 generally. Gary Moore’s consistent chaser is a course and distance winner, and has perhaps run as well on all three of his starts since, but either bumping into classier types or running at an unsuitable track at Huntingdon, have meant that he is yet to add to his sole career win.
Coming back to Fontwell Park, Episode has a cracking chance – given it is a race where doubts abound about last time out winner St Lawrence Gap, whose Perth win was in a race that fell apart, and En Coeur isn’t a guaranteed stayer.
I wanted this race to feature the third bet on the card, as I feel Josie Abbing could take a bit of beating, but at a best priced 9/4 in a race featuring a few potential lurkers, I am going to exercise caution. Just…
This staying handicap hurdle looks trappy, as most have a little to prove either on account of race fitness, trip, ground or current form – perhaps the two with the most appealing profiles are Drumlee Watar and Hunting Percival, but they have opened up 2/1 and 9/4 the pair, so no bet.
Joey Steel and Krujers Girl are by far and away the most likely two to fight out the finish, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that here, so again no bet.
I was hoping that no one else saw the luckless run that Authorized Speed had on his racecourse debut at Market Rasen, in a half decent race for its type. But it seems those bookie chaps haven’t missed this particular trick, as he’s opened up 4/6 – it’s worth noting that I nearly suggested him at that price, and if you can get anywhere near odds against, then he’s probably a bet.