Our resident tipster fancies a couple of runners at Worcester later today.
With today’s flat offering looking like a damp squib, I’m going over the jumps in the search of a winner or two.
The action at Worcester is pretty competitive for the time of year and the opening handicap chase for novices over 2m7f (due off 5.10pm) is no exception. All eight runners bring solid recent recent form to the table and a couple are seeking a hat-trick, including bottom weight Foxes Bridge. The seven-year-old is a lazy type who takes plenty of stoking but he responded well to his rider’s urgings at Newton Abbot last time and should make a bold bid here.
However, I fancy the other hat-trick seeker, the Jonjo O’Neill-trained CLUBS ARE TRUMPS, will have his measure. The six-year-old arrives here on the back of a course and distance success and, while he’s been raised 6lb for his troubles, he may well be still ahead of the handicapper. That’s often the case with horses like him who just enough to win and he could not be in better hands as his trainer excels with staying chasers. Will Kennedy, who has already guided him to four wins from his last six starts, is back on board.
Of the rest, I’ve got a healthy respect for Peter Bowen’s Kinari now he’s found his trip. He showed promise in five starts last season but stepped again when upped to 3m at Ffos Las on his comeback and he should be able to pick up a handicap off his current mark. With his stable flying he could be worth a saver.
O’Neill has double prospects later in the card with his TOP SPIN fancied in the closing 2m4f handicap hurdle (7.40pm). The eight-year-old was making his stable debut when gambled on at Market Rasen last time, having been trained in Ireland previously, and while he failed to reward backers by finishing second it was still a cracking effort. The winner Western Way was quietly fancied to go well on his handicap debut and the form looks strong.
The selection can run off the same mark this afternoon and the extra furlong and a half he encounters here should be in his favour as the son of Cape Cross stays at least this far. Richard Johnson is back on board and he has been making hay on the stable runners since the start of the current season, with his 13 rides yielding a staggering seven winners (54%) for a £1 level-stakes profit of £12.68.