Leopardstown has some good flat races, but Rizzel's attention is drawn to the jumps racing at Ludlow & Plumpton.
The second race at Ludlow doesn’t look to be a great spectacle, but I do like the chances of RICHARDSON, who will need to show more than what he has in his previous 2 starts. Though his form doesn’t look great at the first glance, if you delve deeper into it, it is better than you’d think with horses franking the form, such as the Hereford race where he finished 6th. From that race the 1st, 2nd and 3rd have won since.
Richardson won at Uttoxeter in December last year, where he appreciated the cut in the ground, and back in a race which wasn’t as strong as what he had previously been racing in. With the weather forecast predicting rain, hopefully it will make it soft, as this should hopefully bring the best out of this horse.
He seems inconsistent, so small stakes apply to this selection. Advised each way.
Like the first selection, I am opting for the same owner/trainer combination, with ALDERSON.
This horse is very similar to Richardson, in the way that his form can be overlooked. He will find this race easier than the last couple of times where he has raced in Class 4s, but he wasn’t disgraced last time out where his fitness probably told. He was running a big race at this track last December, where he was travelling nicely into the race until being brought down. It is hard to say where he would’ve finished, but it was clear that he would’ve gone close.
The return to this track is a positive, and if the rain does arrive it shouldn’t be an issue, with him running well on heavy.
Also, small stakes apply & advised each way.
Not great odds on offer, but SIR SHOLOKHOV should be hard to beat in a race like this.
Harry Whittington’s novice chaser is currently 2/2 over fences and has looked much better than when he was over hurdles. His hurdle form looks strong, finishing behind the likes of My Drogo & Cascova who are now 155 & 132 rated. The form of his chase form hasn’t been tested, but I don’t think it will amount to much due to them being small fields, but he’s won them with no issues. He is a PTP winner, so the step up to 3m should be fine.
This race doesn’t look too strong, with Back On The Last not a guaranteed stayer over 3m. Landsman makes his chase debut and will also need to prove his stays this far, and prove he’s race fit (125 days off the track). Jen’s Boy will be the main danger, but he has been disappointing, and doesn’t seem to find much for pressure.
Another short priced horse, but DANSE IDOL should be winning a race of this nature.
Her form ties in with yesterday’s selection Liberty Bella. She recently finished 2nd in a Class 1 Listed Mares’ race at Cheltenham, and the time before she was disappointing at Kelso she won at Southwell, with the horses back in 2nd and 3rd winning easily last time out.
There is only one other horse in this race who has chase experience and I don’t think Diva De Vassy is good enough to be challenging Danse Idol. As for the other two, they will have to be very well schooled to win on their chase debuts against a horse who has this experience and form over fences.
TOMMIE BEAU was subject to a gamble last time out at Bangor, and for the most part you’d have thought it was a false gamble created by the bookies to suggest a real gamble was taking place. He was pushed along from an early stage, but somehow, he plugged on for 4th. On that day I said that he will be much better over further, and today he races over 3m 1f. Though I didn’t think Seamus Mullins would send him over this far, I still think he is worth following. Tommie Beau is by Brian Boru, who has produced some quality staying horses, so the step up in trip could definitely be the key to this horse.
Advised: Each Way, though not a great each way price.
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