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France is the best place to be if you're wanting the best quality racing on Sunday, but with question marks over the weather and the ground, I think the safer option would be to bet on the British cards.
A chance is taken on CORMIER who has been in terrific form this season, winning two times on the flat, as well as going close in a Group 3 hurdle at Aintree back in May.
He was meant to be running at the York Ebor Festival on Friday, but connections decided to pull him out as the ground was Good To Firm, and that is too quick for him. Sandown's going is currently ‘Good' at the time of writing, and they are expecting a little bit of rain, but not too much. By the time of racing, the going will probably not change, or at a maximum change to Good To Soft. Even though connections believe he is better on a slow surface, I think he is still effective on Good, which he showed when winning at York on good ground in July.
Today's trip is the furthest he's been on the flat, and it should suit him, as he stays 2m on soft ground over hurdles strong enough. He has previously ran over this trip in the past, but he seems a totally different horse these days, and Brian Ellison seems to have found the key to him. This track is an unknown, and there is a possibility he won't handle it, like any horse who hasn't ran at the track. However, the jockey booking of Sylvestre De Sousa is jockey booking which catches the eye, as he is one of the best jockeys at this track, shown by his 24% SR in the last five years and +29.97 profit to £1 level stakes. This is also Brian Ellison's first runner in the last five years, at the very minimum.
His most recent run can be ignored, he is a strong staying horse, so the fact that race turned into a tactical affair wasn't something which would be beneficial for him. The form of that race was on display yesterday at York, with Moshaawer finishing 2nd in the Melrose Handicap.
The jockey booking of Dougie Costello is a real eye-catcher on WILD BREEZE for this bumper race at Worcester. Dougie used to be a very good jumps jockey, but he transitioned to a flat jockey many moons ago, but Richard Hobson has often to use him for this horse despite the fact this is the only jumps meeting of the day, and would've had the chance of booking any jump jockey on the card who doesn't already have a ride, and those names include Sean Bowen, Harry Cobden & Daryl Jacob who all race at Worcester today and don't have a ride in the bumper.
Wild Breeze was bought for £40,000 after winning a 2m PTP race and is related to a Worcester bumper winner, so the pedigree suggests that they are quick horses, and he must've shown something that connections like as the £40,000 purchase isn't cheap by any means. Obviously in the world of the current market of horse racing, £40k is virtually nothing, but in jumps racing for a small-ish trainer by Richard Hobson, that's a decent purchase.
Richard Hobson doesn't have many runners in bumpers, but from the 19 he has run, he has had 2 winners and 3 placed, which does see him in profit to level stakes on his bumper runners. He doesn't run too many in these races, so when he does, they should be noted.
12:00 Newton Abbot - Race: 1
12:10 Hamilton - Race: 1
12:20 Roscommon - Race: 1