The Boodles May meeting continues at Chester, but we head to Huntingdon & Chelmsford for three selections.
On recent form not many horses catch the eye, but the one which does is REVERAND JACOBS.
Once upon a time, this horse was a decent flat horse for William Haggas, winning off marks in the mid-to-late 80s. Since then, he has transitioned to a hurdler, where his career didn't go the way many it expected it to. A horse with this kind of profile will often become a decent horse over the jumps code, but this hasn't happened for Reverand Jacobs, but recently it looks like it might be clicking for the 7yo.
In his last two runs, he has won and finished a close 2nd, which is easily the best piece of recent form in this race. The form of the others in this race isn't great at all. The 4yo's in the race have an inflated rating (they always do), resulting in them carrying more weight than they probably should do. Even though they get the weight for age allowance, they still look poorly handicapped.
Running off bottom weight, and only a hurdling rating of 99, he could easily make a mockery of that rating.
This is another race where I am opting for the recent form, rather than a horse to bounce back to form. ROOSTER COGBURN was mightily impressive last time out at Market Rasen, where he won by 7 lengths, and doing it easily.
Sean Bowen let Rooster Cogburn run from the front lto, and it seemed to work wonders. There are other pace angles in this race, but I'd expect Sean to go from the front again, as his horse is a keen going sort and probably won't like being held up or behind another horse.
There are question marks over most of the horses in the field, whereas our selections is unexposed over fences and is coming into this race on a comfortable win. He's been raised 9lbs, but he should be tough to beat if reproducing the same level he raced at 18 days ago.
To see RUN THIS WAY not favourite at the time of writing is a nice surprise, as I would definitely think she deserves to be the market leader.
Mark Johnston's 3yo filly made an encouraging return to racing, when she finished 4th at Nottingham (0.75 lengths behind the winner). That day she made the running, like she has done a few times, and she only tired late on, which suggests the drop back to 7f could be ideal. I would hope that Ben Curtis will get Run This Way to the front, and dictate the race.
The Roger Varian filly has a nice pedigree, being by Kingman, but lacks a seasonal run. Even though she has a nice pedigree, the form of her runs doesn't amount to much, so I think she can be opposed.
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1