3.45 2m7f Class 4 Handicap Hurdle – March Is On
A lot to like from this geldings last run, he finished an unlucky close 2nd, he was running on well and catching the main group until Samson The Man and Sandy Boy came crashing in front of him at the 2nd last causing March Is On to veer around them losing a few lengths in the process, he did however maintain his momentum and kept right on to chase the eventual winner Daydream Aulmes down to get to within half a length, Daydream has since boosted the form considerably when winning his next 2 races and since rated 17lbs higher, the 3rd Black Buble bolted up NTO in a good race and was raised 14lbs and the 5th who was a massive 50/1 outsider and very well beat, just missed out by a short head NTO, all boosting the form of the race plenty, that race was mid December and March Is On hasn’t been seen since, I’m guessing down to the unsuitable fast conditions we’ve had over the winter, but now the ground has been eased, just off the form alone of his last race his worth backing, the slight step up in trip here and more testing track also look in favour.
4.45 3m Class 5 Handicap Chase – Pine Warbler
Another maiden that impressed LTO and looks ready to capitalise on his very enticing chasing mark, his hurdle mark is as high as 121 and 5 big defeats over fences, his mark dropped to 101 a huge 20lb difference, his last display and 6th attempt over the larger obstacles was a lot more pleasing after a long break and wind operation, he finished a close 2nd in a good 0-105 race, he goes up a lb for that effort but he looks very well treated compared to his hurdle mark and if he’s fitter for that run, he should be very dangerous in this slightly weaker 0-100 race.
6.30 1m4f Class 6 Handicap – Ripley
Yet another maiden that’s looks ready to strike soon, it was a pleasing finish LTO on her 9th start, it was her first attempt at this trip and she stayed on better than anyone to claim 3rd close home in a strong looking race for the grade, she hasn’t the quickest of turn of foot, a lot like most stayers so will need to stay closer to the pace and has nice draw in stall 1 to get a good prominent position, she handily is dropped a 1lb here and this looks easier than last time. Trainer Charles Hills is having a great start to the season and already has 6 winners from 26 runners and 2 winners from 3 the last 2 weeks and just a half length from the hat trick, he has a good record at Wolvo and has built a good relationship with jockey Richard Kingscote with picking up 3 winners from 7 rides this season alone, Richard also has a good record around the course and has a great 31% strike rate here this season (5/16).
Brought to you by Russell Blair Racing.