Thursday’s Action: Faerie Reel ready to roll at Ludlow
5.10 LUDLOW: BARRELS MARES´ HANDICAP HURDLE (2M)
Four mares are battling it out for favouritism in this competitive looking handicap hurdle but the Kim Bailey trained, Faerie Reel is the one that should be topping the market in my opinion. The 5yo is two from five over hurdles since arriving from France and showed a very willing attitude to score at Newcastle last time.
She rallied extremely well to get the better of Debdebdeb on that occasion and with that rival having gone on to score at Catterick since, that looks like the most solid form on offer today. A.P McCoy, who was on board when Bailey’s charge was victorious at Southwell earlier in the season, is back in the saddle and that should give her the edge in a tight race.
Stephanie Frances has some decent form in the book but she flopped at Musselburgh last time, where her jumping let her down badly. One Lucky Lady has been tried in some quality races recently and should be more competitive now dropped in class, whilst Favourite Girl may struggle with a career high mark of 125 after a tidy win at Doncaster last time.
4.15 CHEPSTOW: SIKA SARNAFIL HANDICAP HURDLE (3M)
Today’s other bet comes earlier on in the day at Chepstow, where Jeremy Scott’s Kilmurvy looks to have a decent chance of getting back to winning ways. The 7yo doesn’t win that often and was maybe a little lucky in scoring at Bangor earlier this season. He has since struggled to match that form but he has been running in far better races than this and now finds himself on a career low mark of 116.
That is surely a winnable mark but he will have to improve to get the better of Dr Richard Newland’s consistent Royale Knight. Another one that has been mixing it at a higher level this season, Newland’s charge will have to recover from a big blip at Towcester last time and today’s trip may be a little on the sharp side, particularly on decent ground.
Azure Aware may prove to be a bigger danger to the selection having stayed on very strongly to win at Wetherby last time. He has been raised 5lb for that victory but is lightly enough raced to have more to come. Chestertern is another to be wary of, after his victory at Uttoxeter two starts ago but he flopped at Ffos Las last time and may have preferred more cut in the ground.
Kevin Walsh 19/3/15
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