Our racing guru is eyeing up a 9/1 double at Towcester.
Trainer Warren Greatrex has double prospects at Towcester this afternoon.
First up, he looks to have found an excellent opportunity for CAITYS JOY to lose her maiden tag over hurdles at the second attempt. An easy winner of a Fakenham bumper back in April – Gavin Sheehan had a job pulling her up afterwards – she found only the well regarded Briery Belle too good on her hurdles debut at Huntingdon 20 days ago, having finished fourth in a Listed bumper previously, and a reproduction of that effort should suffice in the 2m3f novices’ hurdle for mares. The presence of David Pipe’s Uttoxeter bumper winner Mozo and Alan King’s Lady Persephone ensure we can back her at odds against.
Her stablemate BOUDRY lines up in the closing bumper (4.25pm) and the five-year-old looked a ready-made winner of one of these when chasing home Blu Cavalier on his racecourse debut at Taunton in December. He ran very green that day and with the experience likely to have done him the world of good, he can make the most of the weight he receives from the penalised Chepstow winner Ballymalin, who helps to make the market.
The Boudry-Caitys Joy double pays a tasty 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
The feature race at Wincanton is the Dick Hunt Handicap Chase over 2m4f (3.40pm) and a first prize of £13,763 has ensured a decent turnout, with the majority of the 11 runner field holding decent claims. Bookmakers have settled on last week’s easy Warwick winner (3m1/2f) As De Fer as favourite and it’s easy to see why as he slammed his rivals by 26 lengths or more and runs here under a 7lb penalty, which is largely nullified by David Noonan’s claim. However, the ten-year-old has struggled for consistency in the past and, at the odds, he’s opposable in what is a much better race and over a trip possibly shorter than ideal.
Let’s take him on with the Colin Tizzard-trained QUITE BY CHANCE who is seeking a course hat-trick, with his latest victory coming over this trip and in the same grade two weeks ago. The seven-year-old has been raised to a career-high mark of 129 as a result, but he is clearly improving and gets on well with 7lb claimer Paul O’Brien, who has been on board for his last two wins. His in-form trainer, writing in a recent Stable Tour, described him as a ‘quietly progressive’ horse who is capable of getting to a mark of at least 140 in time, so you have to think he can be very competitive this afternoon.
Chelmsford stages a competitive card this evening and there is some value to be had in the 1m2f handicap, with JETHOU ISLAND surely capable of out running her 12/1 price tag. Not for the first time, she appeared to find 1m4f stretching her stamina at Kempton last time and will appreciate the return to this track and trip, over which she had scored in decisive fashion previously. The form of that race has since been boosted by a couple of those that finished behind and, while she has a 4lb higher mark to overcome, she ought to give us a good run for our money.