Silver Tassie on a winning mark at Wetherby
We’ve declared eight runners for tomorrow’s meeting at Wetherby, starting with Lady Of The Rea, who has her third run in the space of 19 days in the two and a half mile selling hurdle at 2.30.
The seven year old mare was well beaten when we dropped her into this grade last week and she could struggle again if the likes of Away For Slates and Rock Of Leon run up to their handicap marks, but you never know in these races, Alain Cawley will be on board.
We’re responsible for three of the eight runners in the 1m7f handicap chase at 3.05 and Give Every Man His Due’s Caraline (above) will shoulder top weight as she looks for her third course success.
Carlisle’s long uphill finish on heavy ground stretched her last time and she’ll be much happier back at Wetherby, where she won off an 8lbs lower mark on Boxing Day. Both of her previous wins here have come over two and a half miles but she proved her effectiveness at this shorter trip two runs ago, finishing a close second to Dresden, who sadly suffered a fatal fall in the Grand Annual in his next race.
Caraline will be ridden by our lady amateur Becky Smith, who can claim a very useful 5lbs, while Sean Quinlan rides Applaus (below) and Roxyfet will be partnered as usual by Fin O’Toole.
This is only Applaus’ second handicap over fences and he’ll have a great chance if he can repeat his previous effort, when he finished second to Kauto Riko at Newcastle off 1lb higher back in December. The winner’s subsequent exploits give that form a solid look, while Applaus should find this much more realistic than his last two starts in novice company and he ought to go very well.
Roxyfet has no secrets from the handicapper but he’s having a great season, he’s still on a winning mark and he again has conditions to suit, so he’s entitled to be thereabouts back over his best trip.
Allfredandnobell returns to the scene of his sole jumps win as he runs in the handicap hurdle over an extended 2m5f (3.40).
The Oakwood Nobels’ five year old has dropped to his lowest hurdles mark, this is the longest trip he’s tackled but he’s capable of better than he showed in very testing ground last time and we hope he can make his presence felt. Joe Colliver rides.
We also run Christmas Twenty, he found 3m1f too far last time but his previous third at Sedgefield was a big step in the right direction and hopefully he can get back on the right track with a good run here. Fin rides, claiming 3lbs.
Craig Buckingham’s Fontwell runner up Free Range, the unexposed Isle Of Yew and handicap debutant Transpennine Star are possibly the pick of the other runners but it looks a very competitive affair.
Silver Tassie (above) was flying a bit high in a very attritional Eider last time out but the ten year old holds sound claims in the three mile handicap chase (4.45) judged on his previous second to Smooth Stepper.
The Howard family’s ten year old had the subsequent Eider winner Baywing back in third that day and a repeat of that effort will put him right in the firing line here, he won off this mark at Ayr last season and there are question marks over most of his rivals so we hope this is a good chance for him to get back to winning ways with trip and ground ideal. Alain Cawley will be on board.
Our final runner on a busy day will be Witness, who’ll be ridden by Becks in the three mile handicap hurdle at 5.15.
R M & T’s nine year old is yet to win in the UK, but he’s been eased another 3lbs since his latest sixth to Nefyn Bay over this trip at Musselburgh and he has bits and pieces of form which would give him place claims as he drops into Class 5 company for the first time.