Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's jumps action at Hereford.
A couple of horses who have shown improved form of late and may be still ahead of their marks make up today’s best bets.
DAHILLS Hill (4:15) used to be a very hard ride and that helps explain why it took her nine attempts before finally getting off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow in January (2m5f, soft). She won decisively by seven lengths and it wasn’t totally unexpected given her 8/1 starting price, with her rider Kielen Woods attributing the improvement to the “great job” done by her trainer Graeme McPherson in getting her to settle better at home.
She bettered that effort when finishing second at Market Rasen on her next outing, with the handicapper subsequently raising her a further 4lb, and that run can be marked up as it came over 2m2f and she clearly couldn’t match the winner for toe. As a point-to-point winner, you’d expect that of her and, now back over more of a stamina test, I fancy she can continue her progress.
BREAKING GROUND (4.45) pulled a shock win out of the hat when winning in style at Wincanton in February and there didn’t appear to be any fluke about the way he dismissed 17 rivals at odds of 25/1. His trainer Richenda Ford admittedly afterwards to being a little surprised and put the improvement down to his treatment for stomach ulcers, which were discovered after his previous poor show. She also thought that the switch to a right-handed track had helped as well.
Fast forward 19 days and the six-year-old is attempting to follow up over slightly shorter at the same track, yet this time he’s 5/2 favourite. Sadly for his backers, they didn’t get paid out on that occasion and they would have had every right to be miffed about that as he was still travelling well and in close range when stumbling and unseating his rider mid-race. While it was too far out to see he would have won, he’s clearly thriving now back in full health and there should be more to come from him this spring, with the better ground likely to suit.
All odds were correct at time of posting.