Our in-form resident tipster fancies a trip of runners today, including a 12/1 shot.
With Storm Barney expected to do its worst over the next 24 hours, conditions at Wednesday’s jumps meetings could be very testing.
It’s already “soft” at Chepstow and, providing the meeting goes ahead, you are going to need a horse who is proven in the mud. Step forward BOYFROMNOWHERE who has twice won on “heavy” and has plenty else to recommend him in the 2m7f handicap chase at the Welsh track (due off 2.30pm).
A one-time rated 129 chaser when trained by Rebecca Curtis, he is now 20lb lower in the weights having lost his way and the switch to Neil Mulholland could well spark a revival. The gelding hasn’t run under Rules since finishing eighth at Wincanton last December, but he did win a point-to-point in the spring and today’s track, trip and ground are all perfect. Mulholland, who has his string in fine form, has booked leading amateur David Noonan to ride, and his 7lb claim is the icing on the cake.
Having made a mint from backing runners from the Ben Pauling yard – A Hare Breath last Friday and his double at Southwell yesterday – I simply have to put in a good word for his SPACE WALKER; the trainer’s only runner at Warwick in the opening handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys (12.40pm).
The four-year-old is making his seasonal reappearance so is up against fitter rivals, but he is on a potentially lenient mark of 110 for his handicap debut after the requisite three runs last season. The best of those came at Newbury on his debut where he was less than three lengths behind the winner and the ground might not have been soft enough for him when finishing a well beaten fourth on his final start at Ffos Las in April.
A decent sort when trained by Harry Dunlop on the flat – purchased for £38,000 by current connections – he was definitely best when the mud was flying, with his only win coming on “soft” ground and it was “heavy” when he finished runner-up at the same venue. Today’s conditions therefore should hold no fears for him and, as mentioned, his current trainer is in exceptional form. Both his Southwell winners were owned by Paul & Clare Rooney and their colours will be carried by the selection.
Alexandra Dunn is making a real name for herself as a dual purpose trainer and she has her string fantastic form, with a couple of winners (10/1 & 7/2) in the last week from just a handful of runners. That increases interest in her filly SOMEONE EXCITING, who is contesting the 7f nursery at Kempton this evening (4.55pm).
The daughter of Notnowcato has had just four runs and ran her best race last time out when finishing fifth of the 12 runners in a 6f nursery here, earning the form comments: “outpaced in last pair, headway over 1f out, switched right and stayed on final furlong but not going pace to get on terms.” That tells you she is crying out for the extra furlong she tackles here and she has a good draw in stall five to boot. The best of all is that we can back her at 12/1.