Camillas Wish returns with big weight at Sedgefield
We’ll have four runners heading up the A1 to Sedgefield tomorrow and we’re looking forward to getting David Proos’ nine year old Camillas Wish back onto the racecourse in the staying handicap chase at 4.30.
The mare was really progressive for Richard Ford last summer, winning four times under our lady amateur Becky Smith, her form tailed off a bit towards the end of the year but she was highly tried, including when we ran her in the Durham National, and she didn’t like the very soft ground last time.
Camillas Wish well face six race fit, largely in form rivals tomorrow, and we could have done without the weights going up by nearly half a stone, but the race will blow away a few cobwebs after her winter break and we’ll be aiming her at some nice prizes over the summer, chiefly at her favourite track, Cartmel. Becks can at least claim 5lbs off her welter burden of 12st 7lbs.
After two recent wins over fences, Roxyfet reverts to the smaller obstacles in opening two and a half mile contest at 1.45 and hopefully he can take advantage of his hurdles rating being 7lbs lower than his chasing mark.
He’s done nearly all of his racing at the minimum trip of two miles but he’s won over 2m3f and he’ll stay this far, the soft ground will be in his favour once again but he does have to bounce back from a below par run here last week. There are eleven runners and Fin O’Toole will ride.
Like Camillas Wish, Paddling also has to carry top weight as he drops back in distance for the two mile novices’ handicap chase at 2.50.
He won at Catterick in December and has remained in good form off higher marks since, finding 2m5f stretching him a bit two starts back, he was a close third behind our own Justforjames in a three horse race here last week and he ought to cope with the shorter trip and slightly stronger pace here and run his race again.
It looks very competitive with three last time out winners amongst the opposition.
Excalibur was a well beaten fifth on his hurdles debut at Hexham last week and he has another run in the 2m4f novices’ hurdle at 4.00, where Lord Napier will be a warm order after his Ludlow win and the long absent Goliath is likely to be capable of a lot better than he showed in an Ayr bumper last season.
Just Cameron ran well at Ludlow this afternoon but found the concession of a stone to Tornado In Milan just beyond him, going down by around four lengths.
The first two came home a distance clear of Notarfbad, who didn’t run his race, obviously we went there hoping that Just Cameron could add to his Castleford Chase win but he lost nothing in defeat and we’ll see if we can find something similar for him before the end of the season.