A good winner with Outrage who drifted to a nice 11/2 for us, he still looks to have another win in him over this C&D after the handicapper has their say. Today’s action is over 4 cards for which I’ve found the best chances off each card.
1.35 3m Class 5 Handicap Hurdle – UNO MAS 4/1
Rex Dingle is a jockey going places right now, he has just the one booking today and he partners back up with Uno Mas whom he won aboard LTO at Hereford, hard to say whether he deserved the win with the leader at the time Cottonvale falling at the last hurdle when a length in front and a short run in at Hereford, but he took advantage to get his 2nd win in 3 races for bang inform trainer Christian Williams. The gelding is on the up after the application of cheekpieces and clearly loves good ground which providing no drastic weather change he’ll get his conditions here, he only goes up 3lb for last success and Rex can claim an extra 2lb in this to help negate the rise.
2.55 2m3f Class 3 Handicap Hurdle – NOT THAT FUISSE 9/4
Two huge runs from this Skelton gelding in his last 2, both at Cheltenham, the first in a very strong Grade 3 Handicap where sandwiched between Verdana Blue & Mohaayed, Verdana Blue went on to win the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle when beating superstar Buveur D’Air giving him his first loss in 34 months, while Skelton stablemate Mohaayed went on to win a big competitive Grade 3 at Ascot. The form taking a further boost with 3 of the 6 of the rest of the field behind Not That Fuisse have since gone on to win. That form alone is worth backing which he franked when another big race at Cheltenham this time in a not so hot Class 3 but a good 2nd behind an unbeaten Al Dancer who’s the current 2nd fav for the Betfair Hurdle next month and current 2nd or 3rd fav for the festivals Supreme Novice Hurdle. This race has no horse in the shape of Al Dancer class and the step up in trip looks more ideal.
3.05 6f Class 6 Handicap – DEEDS NOT WORDS 4/1
On recent past handicap marks, this mark of 69 looks pretty tough, he hasn’t won off the same or higher mark for over 3 years, but the once rated 97 produced his best performance we’ve seen in a while, the race wasn’t the usual fast early pace that he usually thrives in and he met trouble in running, but still won well and if the inform gelding can run anything like that again the 6lb penalty will look lenient.
6.15 6f Class 2 Conditions – CENOTAPH 11/10
Ryan Moore returns after over 2 months off for 2 rides and this is surely the one his travelling to Kempton for. The ex A O’Brien gelding who is now 7, has very little miles on the clock and has been improving rapidly since the switch to Jeremy Noseda’s yard and the revert to artificial surface, he was unlucky not to make it 4 from 4 for his new yard when a neck 2nd LTO to Mazzini in a good conditions race. The horse runs well fresh and with significant booking of Ryan Moore, the gelding looks likely to return to winning ways and the 8/1 for AW finals day in the sprint won’t last long after.