Our resident tipster has run the rule over the two bookies.com-sponsored races at Sedgefield.
bookies.com are sponsoring a couple of races at Sedgefield this afternoon, starting with the Daily Racing Tips At bookies.com Handicap Hurdle (due off 4.55pm), which has drawn a field of ten.
A fair few of them have something to prove and only Julie Brooke’s Carnaross brings recent winning form to the table, having scored with authority at Cartmel just five days ago. He’s able to run off the same mark here and should make a bold bid, but he has nothing in hand over DYNAMIC DRIVE on their Market Rasen running at the beginning of August and Maurice Barnes’ charge is preferred.
The eight-year-old was involved in a driving finish at the Lincolnshire track and was beaten just a neck at the line, with Carnaross nearly two lengths away in fourth. When you take his rider Thomas Dowson’s 10lb claim into account, the selection is 4lb better off today and he therefore should uphold the form.
What makes him really interesting, though, is the fact he’s a dual course winner, with his most recent success coming at this time of year last season off a similar mark. That was following on from several placed efforts and judging by his latest performance he’s coming back to peak form again. Today’s faster ground is no worry either as he’s run well on it previously.
The rest are harder to fancy on recent form, though Footstepsintherain has won twice on the all-weather and has not been disgraced on his four hurdle starts. Vexillum has not troubled the judge since winning a maiden hurdle at Exeter in May 2013 and ran in snatches when third at Stratford last time. That said, he could still make his presence felt in what is a weak race.
The closing Tips On This Race At bookies.com Handicap Chase (5.25pm) has attracted a field of eight and they include Bayfirth, who makes a quick reappearance after winning at Cartmel on Saturday and whose 7lb penalty for that success is cancelled out by his amateur rider’s claim. However, it’s doubtful the 12-year-old has found any sudden improvement and his overall record of 1-22 under Rules makes him opposable, especially when you consider he finished a long way behind the reopposing Over And Above at the same track in late June.
That latter horse has been beaten off today’s mark since so he too is discounted and it could be worth taking a chance on KILLIMORDALY responding positively to first-time blinkers. Andy Turnell’s charge has twice disappointed since finishing second at Ffos Las in the June, so it’s no surprise to see connections reaching for the headgear.
As a six-year-old former point-to-point winner, he surely still has his best days ahead of him and this represents a drop in grade. What’s more he’s back on the same mark as when finishing runner-up at the Welsh track and the form of that race has worked out incredibly well with the both the fourth and winner picking up two races since, while the third has also been successful. Brodie Hampson, who has ridden seven winners under National Hunt Rules, takes 7lb off his back and that may prove decisive.
Shady Glen and veteran Dunrob make most appeal of the remainder, in that order, with ex-pointer Longueville Flier, Alta Rock and Getmeoutthedoldrums hard to fancy on today’s terms.