Wednesday’s Action: Ambion Wood to score at Haydock
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A pretty tight handicap on what is a decent card at Haydock, although the flat bred Roberto Pegasus is very much the one to beat on recent form. Alan King’s charge has embarked on his chasing career late in the day but he made a winning start at Plumpton and that form has been well franked with the runner-up bolting up at Kempton since.
He is very much the one to beat but Ambion Wood should be set to run a big race now fit from his reappearance run at Exeter over hurdles. Formerly a top level performer over timber, Victor Dartnall’s charge hadn’t been seen in nearly two years until that performance and could be potentially well treated on his return to chasing. If he can return to his best, a mark of 134 should be very workable and he looks a good e/w bet if all eight runners stand their ground.
Rowdy Rocher was a good winner at Wetherby last time but he may have been flattered slightly and a 7lb hike may just catch him out, whilst Hold Court is interesting if recovering from a flop last time at Sandown.
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Earlier on the card, the former Supreme Novices Hurdle winner, Cinders And Ashes will continue his search for some of the old sparkle and he looks too big of a price to me off of his current mark. This will be the first time in over two years that the now 8yo will be able to follow up a reappearance run and a mark of 140 will be laughable if he can rediscover anything like his best form.
He ran well for a long way in a Listed contest at Musselburgh last time before tiring and this will be the easiest assignment he has had since winning his maiden hurdle in 2011. It may prove the case that he is over the hill and he may never get back to where he once was but I would be willing to have a few pennies e/w on the off chance that he still retains some of his old swagger.
The talented, A Boy Named Suzi was a good fourth in that Listed race at Musselburgh and that is the pick of the form on offer. Minella Fiveo, Satanic Beat and Dark Dune were all winners last time out and are given the utmost respect, particularly the latter who is as consistent as they come and has been given another good chance by the handicapper with just a 3lb rise.
Kevin Walsh 18/3/15
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