Sunday winner Roxyfet heads Sedgefield weights
Yesterday’s impressive Market Rasen winner Roxyfet is set to attempt a quick follow up tomorrow at Sedgefield. a track where he’s already won five times.
Richard Ball’s eight year old will carry a 7lbs penalty and will have to concede weight all round in the seven runner two mile handicap chase at 2.35, but despite his welter burden he’s still quite well handicapped and if he turns up in the same form as yesterday he’s going to take a bit of beating.
The soft ground will suit Roxyfet (above) once more, but it looks a wide open race with more than half of the seven runner field being previous course winners lurking on potentially good handicap marks. Likely favourite Frankie Ballou beat us comfortably here last month and is now 3lbs better off, while Little Jimmy hasn’t won for two years but travels a long way for this and is also well treated.
Roxyfet has no secrets from the handicapper but he’ll be ridden with restraint and hopefully he can pick them all off and come home in front again. Fin O’Toole will be aboard as usual.
We’ll have a total of six runners at Sedgefield tomorrow starting with Maybe The Last Time’s Shalamzar in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle at 1.20.
The nine year old (above) won over two miles at Catterick in December, that was in selling company and he’s 2lbs wrong at the weights here over a trip which has stretched him in the past but we’re trying to open up new options for him and we’ll see how he gets on. He’ll wear a visor for the first time and he’ll be ridden by Joe Colliver, who’s warming up for his big day at Cheltenham with Sam Spinner on Thursday. There are ten runners and The Jam Man is the one to beat after his wide margin win under this rider at Ayr on Saturday.
The Multi-Taskers’ lightly raced six year old Strike West goes in the 2m1f novices’ handicap hurdle at 3.15.
He’s now 9lbs lower than when he finished fourth to Gran Maestro at Wetherby in January, he still needs to improve on what he’s done so far but that’s not out of the question in what looks an ordinary race and he has time on his side.
We’re responsible for two of the four runners in the extended 2m3f handicap chase (3.55), in which Heritage Way is a stone out of the handicap.
At the other end of the weights Instant Replay arrives in flying form, having won his first two races over fences at this track, and will probably be tough to beat despite being hit hard by the handicapper for his latest success. Masters Of The Hall’s Catterick winner Paddling is now 17lbs better off with him, which clearly gives us a sporting chance of getting closer, but he’d ideally have preferred the ground to dry out and our other runner, Justforjames, ought to appreciate conditions a bit more. He’s a dual course winner over hurdles and he’ll be more at home over this trip after being stretched by three miles plus at Catterick a month ago.
Fin will ride Paddling and our lady amateur Becky Smith can claim 7lbs off Justforjames.
Becks also rides Russian Royale in the 2m3f handicap hurdle at 4.35, her feather weight will be an asset in these conditions but she’s 5lbs out of the handicap and even though she handles the mud, most of her best form has come on decent ground.
The race will likely be run at a strong pace with Danceintothelight in the line up, but Take A Break and the returning Eastview Boy are probably the pair who’ll most appreciate the heavy going.
The meeting is subject to a precautionary inspection at 8.30am due to the threat of more rain.