Our racing expert marks your card for Wednesday's jumps action at Ludlow.
Goohar is tempting in the 3m handicap chase for amateur riders following his second over slightly further here last time and with his stable flying, but I’m put off by his inexperienced pilot and FEDERICI gets the vote instead. His form this season is the best of these as he was fourth in the Becher Chase won by Blaklion back in early December and a highly creditable fifth in the Listed Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time when sporting blinkers for the first time (back on today). This class 3 is a far easier assignment for him and while he carries top weight, I doubt his mark of 130 is beyond him and he does have an experienced Irish amateur up. On a tricky day, I make him my nap selection.
The two recent winners in the 2m novices’ limited handicap chase, Vocaliser and Lake Field, dominate the market and, of the pair, the last-named is preferred as he is 2-4 over fences for Kim Bailey this season and wasn’t disgraced when third off today’s mark at Haydock last time. But I’m going to take a punt on Oliver Sherwood’s ROAD TO ROME at an each-way price in the hope that a recent wind operation has done the trick. The eight-year-old is certainly not without ability having filled second spot three times over hurdles and while he’s yet to jump a fence in public, you can trust in Sherwood having him well schooled for his debut. Off what looks a winnable mark of 107 and with Thomas Garner taking a handy 3lb off, it’s not hard to see him having a big say at the finish.
If pushed you could make a case of sorts for any of the nine runners in the closing 2m5f handicap hurdle, but why bother when there is a very obvious candidate in Nicky Henderson’s WAR CREATION. She’s the only last time-out winner in the field, that coming in a handicap hurdle at Haydock (2m3f, heavy), which confirmed her a steadily progressive hurdler, and the 5lb she went up for that is taken care off by Ned Curtis’ claim. We know she acts going right-handed too as she won her maiden hurdle here last April (on good ground) and today’s longer trip should be no problem either given her racing style and pedigree. Of course none of that is lost on bookmakers and she’s favourite, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at a 9/4 winner.
All odds were correct at time of posting.