Our resident tipster is hopeful of getting the week off a winning start with this trio of runners.
Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson combined to brilliant effect when Smad Place won Saturday’s Hennessy in superb fashion, and that horse’s stablemate WILLIAM H BONNEY can give the pair another winner at Plumpton this afternoon
The four-year-old has finished second on jot his bumper starts, including at Fontwell on his reappearance earlier this month. I fancied him strongly that day so it was disappointing to see him get beat, but in hindsight he bumped a very useful type in Clondaw Clan, who franked the form in no uncertain terms when beating the highly regarded Bigmartre on his hurdles debut last week.
I’m full of hope the selection can follow suit as he has a pedigree full of winning jumpers and, while the bookmakers have latched onto his potential, he’s still a backable price due to the presence of some promising rivals. They include last-time-out winner Galuppi, who carries a penalty for his Fakenham success, and the Warren Greatrex-trained Act Of Supremacy. The latter hails from an in-form yard but may not want the ground as soft as this being a son of Presenting.
Later on the card, a 7lb rise might not be enough to stop LEITH HILL LEGASI from following up her Chepstow success earlier this month. She doesn’t have a great strike rate under Rules (2-16) but she’s likely got further improvement at the age of six and she possesses a willing attitude. Sam Twiston-Davies, who was on board at the Welsh track and has been booked for the follow-up bid, described her as “very tough” and she will again have the testing conditions she appears to relish.
The 2m handicap hurdle (2.40pm) looks trappy but that’s reflected in the betting – meaning we’re guaranteed a good price if we can land on the winner – and course winner PROUD TIMES may have slipped under the bookies’ radar somewhat at around 7/1. The nine-year-old has not won since January 2014, but he’s slipped down the weights as a result and this is the first time in two years that he’s been eligible for a 0-100. His burden is further reduced by the 7lb claim of his amateur rider, Joshua Newman, who booted home a 33/1 at last week’s Hennessy meeting.
His trainer Ali Stronge was also on the mark at that meeting, breaking a lengthy losing run, and it can often pay to follow small stables once they hit form. What’s more he’s proven on very soft ground.