A lot of flat action on Tuesday, but Rizzel Tips opts for the jumps meeting at Sedgefield for his three selections.
BRIAC has his first start for his new trainer, Adam West. I think it's interesting that Adam has decided to send him up to Sedgefield on his first run for the yard, considering he won his only chase run at this track when being trained by Tim Vaughan.
In the last five years, Adam West has sent just the two runners to the County Durham based track, resulting in one winner. Considering this track is around five hours away, and the best part of 250 miles from where Adam trains, he must fancy the chances of Briac, especially with him being the only runner for the stable on Tuesday.
Jamie Moore is an eye-catching jockey booking. He has only raced 2x at this track in the last five years, and comes today for the one ride, and he is not the usual jockey who Adam uses (normally Lee Edwards, who doesn't have a ride today).
He has fallen to a mark of 96, which is 2lb lower than he won at this track and he's had a wind-op since we last saw him, which could be something worth noting.
Advised: Each Way
This is a very poor quality race, and HATS OFF TO LARRY looks to have the best chance.
He's a horse in form, shown when winning last time out at Market Rasen. His handicap mark hasn't been touched for that win as it was a conditional jockeys' race. This fact automatically gives him a very good chance of following up, and in theory he's 3lb lower than lto as Fergus Gregory is able to claim his 3lbs in this race.
He's quite short odds but I think he will get the job done, if in the same form as last race.
I have to admit that Authorizo is a well worthy favourite, and I wouldn't put anyone off who wants to back him, as he's clearly got the best recent form and went close lto. However, STRONG TEAM is starting to look extremely well-handicapped. It's always a gamble when backing a horse to return to form, and it's not something I like doing too often, but when a horse is this well-handicapped, and isn't old, it's hard not to give them a chance.
Strong Team is a 2x hurdle winner, winning off a mark as high as 98 & 88. Today he is rated 81, which makes it the lowest he's ever been rated, but at the age of 8 I refuse to believe he is on the decline already. Over the winter he ran well in a couple of “Jumpers Bumper” races, where horses who have ran over fences and hurdles get to run in a bumper flat race, this is generally done when the tracks are abandoned due to being frozen and it's difficult to get jumps horses out. In these races you often get some decent rated hurdlers/chasers, and he wasn't disgraced against some of these. Off equal weights, he was behind the likes of Wise Eagle (80 rated on flat), Dear Sire (138 rated chaser), Weather Front (125 rated hurdles, 75 flat), Aye Right (153 rated chaser), Golden Town (124 rated hurdler), Goobinator (130 rated hurdler).
2m on good ground would be his ideal conditions, and he will get that today. He gets the talented 5lb claimer Oakley Brown doing the steering, which could be a shrewd jockey booking. Converting his bumper from back to this race, you'd like to hope he'd be able to hold his own against much inferior horses, if his jumping holds up, especially considering the fact he will be carrying 10st 4lbs with Oakley Brown's 5lb claim taking into consideration.
Advised: Each Way
12:05 Thirsk - Race: 1
12:20 Stratford - Race: 1
12:40 Thirsk - Race: 2