Day two of the Boodles Chester May Festival, and not much to excite from a betting perspective on the Roodee sadly today. Tomorrow looks to be a little better, with one or two opportunities in the big handicaps hopefully.
Today’s daily selection comes from the one of the three jumps venues on offer, more specifically, Huntingdon, where the ground is usually always on the better side. Unless the nearby river has burst it’s banks of course, which can be a locational hazard. No such issues today, and the ground is set fair, and officially described as good.
That sound surface will be just the ticket for Veshenskaya, in the Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 1.55, who at 11/1 each-way with Paddy Power, and on offer widely for five places, is a cracking bet.
On only three occasions in her eight-race career has she been sent off at odds of less than 100/1, but two of those occasions have been the last twice, on her two handicap starts. Given she had shaped with significant promise in a few of her novice starts, all of which were over an inadequate test of stamina, Veshenskaya was a horse I was keen to monitor when dipped into handicaps and upped in trip.
She duly ran much better at Wetherby on her handicap debut, when only beaten under 10 lengths in quite a competitive affair. Sent off at 12/1 (the same as her handicap debut) next time at Hexham, just five days ago, she was held up in rear of mid-division and yet to be asked any kind of question, when unfortunately, the race had to be voided on account of the ill-fated Dubh Des Champs.
Backing up so soon is a little bit of a question mark, but she would have hardly had a blow the other day, and I think good ground at the pancake-flat track of Huntingdon could really suit Veshenskaya, as she is not the biggest. But clearly has a level of ability that is better than the grade she is running in here.
At 11/1 for five places each-way with Paddy Power, I think Veshenskaya can at least hit the frame, and I wouldn’t mind seeing John Kington give her a slightly more forward ride now that she has seemingly learned to settle better.