Our resident tipster has his eye on a trio of runners over jumps
It’s moderate fare this afternoon to say the least and stakes should be kept to a minimum.
That said, the David Pipe-trained FOR ‘N’ AGAINST looks a bet at 9/2 (BOG) for the 2m7f handicap hurdle at Exeter (4.10pm). The six-year-old showed he had ability when chasing home the very smart Beast Of Burden in a Ffos Las bumper on his debut last October and, following some modest effort over hurdles, when filling the same spot on his handicap debut at Huntingdon last time. That was his first start over 2m5f+ and he seemed to relish it, so today’s slightly longer trip and stiffer track may see him in an even better light. His stable continues to bang in the winners and stable jockey Tom Scudamore renews the partnership.
Over at Huntingdon it could be worth giving Lawney Hill’s CHANGEOFLUCK another chance in the 3m2f handicap hurdle (2.45pm). He ran no sort of race when fancied for a handicap at Fakenham last time out with connections unable to offer an explanation. It certainly wasn’t the tight track as he’d run well to finish second there on his previous start, and he would have found 2m3f on the sharp side when finishing eighth at Ascot on his British / stable debut.
Having also shown some ability over this sort of trip when trained in Ireland, finishing runner-up three times no less, he’s clearly got some ability and a break of 45 days since his last disappointing effort may well have freshened him up. His small stable is also showing signs of coming out of a long quiet spell, with stablemate Mighty Mambo scoring at Towcester last Monday, and it’s surprising how often the gates open for a cold stable once one has come out and won. All that said, he’s not one to have the mortgage on and definitely go in each-way.
SUSIE SHEEP was an expensive purchase from the pointing field following an easy mares’ open success on her debut last March, but she’s becoming expensive to follow. Her best effort in three runs for David Pipe was a fourth of seven on her bumper debut, when sent off as 11/8 market leader. She was backed again last time out at Chepstow but could only finish fifth of the eight runners. It’s hardly compelling form and it could be she needs a wind op before fulling her promise, given the way she hasn’t been finding much for pressure.
However, she steps up considerably in trip to contest this afternoon’s 2m5f maiden hurdle (4.55pm) and that could be just what this staying mare needs. The fact she’s turned out just 12 days after that Chepstow effort makes me think there is nothing physically amiss with her. With Kieron Edgar also taking 5lb off her back, there are enough positives to suggest she can overcome the likely favourite Perfect Summer, who was runner-up in one of these here last time.