Saturday’s Action: Madness Light to gain compensation
No shortage of interesting races around the country today and the 32Red Chase (1:15 Sandown) definitely features among the list. Only eight are set to go to post but it’s a wide-open handicap and contains a potentially underpriced 7/2 favourite in the shape of Tom George’s Until Winning.
Granted, he’s a lightly-raced 7-year-old with only one chasing start under his belt and as one who was always likely to make up into a better chaser than hurdler, the time for him to come alive isn’t far off approaching and his trainer, I’m sure, is expecting a step forward on his Leicester return.
Having been strong in the market there last month, on what was his first start since April 2013, the gelding ultimately shaped as if in need of the outing (led two out; got tired after) and you’d have to think that better is forthcoming if he does indeed come on fitness-wise – he looked like he would.
However, the form of that race looked nothing special at the time and with the winner Rhapando going on to pull up on his next outing a few weeks later, it looks even more suspect. The fifth did win next time out but that was in a poor race on rotten ground at Ffos Las, so one wouldn’t get too excited. Regardless, at the current prices Until Winning looks a bit too short.
The most interesting horse is MADNESS LIGHT (5/1) for Warren Greatrex and Dougie Costello. He’s another who was always likely to make up into a superior chaser than hurdler and as one who reached a mark of 135 in the latter code, hopes must be high that he’s favourably treated off 130 here. It was disappointing to see him fall on his debut at Chepstow but landing too steeply was the big issue there, rather than his fencing coming into the obstacles, and compensation could await if he’s a bit more street-wise this time around.
Elsewhere on the same card (1:50), Mr Mole and the Evan Williams trained WILLIAM’S WISHES (7/2) are battling it out for favouritism in the following £30k handicap and the latter is preferred following an encouraging outing in the Tingle Creek last time out. There, a sixth placed finish was all the now 10-year-old injury-prone talent could achieve but it does read perfectly well in the context of a handicap mark of 149 and better can be expected now that his sights have been lowered. If he’s the force of old (may be), a big run will be incoming.
SONG LIGHT (6/1), last but not least, gets the nod of approval in the penultimate race of the card (3:00) and should be a good each-way punt at worst for Seamus Mullins. The 5-year-old has come alive lately, a third at Cheltenham two outings ago showing that he may have potential in the code before a devastatingly easy win from a subsequent winner confirmed it at Huntingdon four weeks ago. This will be the acid test for both horse and jockey, but despite a 10lb rise in the weights further improvement is certainly not ruled out.
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