2.00 1m4f Class 2 Handicap – Redicean 4/5
The inform gelding has won back to back on the AW and is now rated 97 after his last runaway victory over this C&D, he was initially held up but with the lack of pace jockey Martin Harley decided to take the race into his own hands and eased the horse to the front 5 furlongs out and won with plenty in hand, you don’t see them tactics pulled off often and even more so how effortlessly and quickly he did it, it certainly showed the horse has handfuls in hand and his mark of 144 over hurdles backs that up, he sensibly gets at least another go on the flat and who knows whether AW finals day is not a crazy thought.
2.25 2m3f Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle – Seddon 4/1
A very wide-open race with lots with chances but one of the least exposed that holds some of the strongest form is Seddon, the gelding beat Not That Fuisse on seasonal reappearance, he’s since went on to run big races behind quality horses, most notably 2nd to Al Dancer before winning a class 3 and now rated 129. Seddon next race was a good 3rd to current 2nd fav for the Supreme Elixir De Nutz rated 145. Then he was another 3rd to clear fav for the Supreme Angels Breath. He does race keen however and this step up in trip may not be ideal if they don’t get him to settle, but on the flip side, if they do, he’ll be tough.
3.00 2m5f Class 2 Handicap Chase – Mr Medic 8/1
Another wide open contest but one that stood out to me straight away was this gelding, he’s 2 from 2 at Ascot over fences and a positive 5 wins from 9, his last win he out jumped the field and was a eye catching when beating a strung out field, he went up 9lb for the win and then raced in a hot Grade 3 Handicap at Cheltenham, where again he impressed and looked dangerous before a big mistake 4 out and nearly parting way with the jockey, he did recover quickly but then just as quickly faded tamely after possibly knocking the stuffing out of him. He does have a big say now dropped into a much easier race, I am however concerned about the pace of the race, there looks a lot of early speed and with Mr Medic likely involved in that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a big priced closer like San Benedeto take the spoils.
3.15 3m1f Grade 2 Handicap Chase – Red Infantry 7/1
This looks a race with no pace involved and our gelding made virtually all at this track on his penultimate run with Tom O’Brien aboard on fast ground, he then went on to run a big 2nd in stronger handicap on what looked unsuitable soft ground. Today the return to a right-handed track, the ground much more suitable and jockey O’Brien recalled with the lack of early pace all in favour the progressive gelding has a great chance of adding to his tally.
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