2.35 2m1f Class 2 Handicap Hurdle – Project Bluebook 3/1
Hasn’t won for over 2 years but only 7 runs over hurdles to his name in that time and all in tougher races and hasn’t been disgraced in most, he took the eye on his 2nd start of the season in a strong competitive Swinton at Haydock, he clearly loved the drying ground and his performance needs marking up lots when looking well beat, wandering a little and bumped a couple of times but came home very powerfully and was gaining on the winner all the way to the line to miss out by under a length, today he returns to a easier class 2 race and will love the ground, he may find top weight a little tough and hasn’t rode with a weight as much as this on his back in the past, while looking the one to beat still it is a concern.
3.15 5f Class 3 Handicap – Swiss Air 2/1
Nicely bred, full sister to multiple listed winner Swiss Dream rated as high as 107, also half sister Swiss Diva a double Group 3 winner rated 116 and half brother Swiss Spirit also a Group 3 winner rated as high as 116, so selection Swiss Air rating of 80 is very exploitable providing she’s fit and ready after a long 317 day break, but trainer William Haggas is in superb form and normally has them ready so gives me confidence to ignore the long absence, she was a winner at 2 over this distance on fast ground like today on a sharp track also like today, Tom Marquand is booked and is in good current form and bagged himself a double in yesterday’s competitive racing, he also has a great partnership with Mr Haggas with a 26% strike rate.
4.25 1m Class 5 Fillies Handicap – Itizzit 6/1
A 9 race maiden, but has a big chance back into handicap company if running anything close to last times out performance where out battled by a smart looking gelding Mokammal who won his next race off 84 and will accessed anywhere around the 90 region, so Itizzit mark of 74 looks very appealing in her first handicap try for trainer Hughie Morrison, she came close to winning on the AW in October beaten by a short neck off a 3lb higher mark for a smaller trainer which also indicates she’s very handicapped, she has a nice pedigree, out of a Galileo dam who won a 1m contest and sire Mukhadram won the Group 1 Eclipse on fast ground.