Date of Tips: 23/03/2021
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If I had to suggest one horse that should win today, it would be Ajero in the 2.35 at Huntingdon. Kim Bailey’s hurdler won in mightily impressive style on his return from a wind operation at Market Rasen – beating subsequent Imperial Cup 1-2 Langer Dan and Miss Heritage in the process. He is very much a horse to follow, and could well end up in something like the Galway Hurdle, should connections see fit. But at a best priced 10/11, he is not a proposition for the purposes of this column.
The very first race of the day, the Huntingdon 12.30, is where the value bet lies – it is with the Lucy Wadham-trained ex-classy flat racer Oasis Prince, who at 15/2 with Bet365, has been overlooked somewhat in the market.
Rated up into the mid-90’s on the level for Mark Johnston, he was a solid and versatile 1m to 1m2f handicapper, and is an interesting acquisition for Lucy Wadham. Probably not blessed with the stamina to be slogging it out in the depths of winter at some of the stiffer tracks, now could be the time that he steps up over hurdles, around the likes of Huntingdon, Ludlow and Market Rasen, as the ground is drying.
He has already visited two of those tracks, and ran eye-catching races on his two hurdle starts. In attempting to go off in chase of the potentially smart Qualismart on his hurdle debut, he paid for those exertions and eventually faded into fifth.
However, a wind operation before his next start at Huntingdon suggested that there were other factors at play also. He duly jumped and travelled with much more zest in a race that was a good bit more competitive than he faces today at Huntingdon.
The winner Marada is a very smart mare, while Pasvolsky, the second home that day, has since won a good race at Kempton Park. I don’t see that the 118 and 116-rated Chasamax and Kakamora represent the same quality of rival as what Oasis Prince has already fared well against.
With the confidence boost of finishing out his race under a lovely Bryony Frost ride last time, Oasis Prince can step forward again, and prove to be over-priced at 15/2 each-way with Bet365 for the Huntingdon opener at 12.30.