Plump for Leviathan in opener

  • Last Updated: February 25 2013, 14:15 GMT

Ben Coley picks out his best bet of the day, which comes in the opening race on the card at Plumpton.

Venetia Williams: Can land a winner at Plumpton
Venetia Williams: Can land a winner at Plumpton

Leviathan is fancied to take all the beating in the opening race on the card at Plumpton.

A smart handicapper at around a mile on the level, he's taken well to hurdling in the main, with the exception being a poor effort on heavy ground at Ffos Las when fancied.

It's his performance last time out that looks particularly noteworthy, as he split two progressive types from powerful yards when just failing to make all at Sandown.

That switch to front-running seemed to suit Leviathan and it was only the combination of very testing ground and the stiff Sandown finish that saw him beaten.

With that in mind, a return to Plumpton's sharp turns can help, as will better ground, and if Aidan Coleman sends his mount to the front early I'll be disappointed if he's passed in the closing stages.

Trainer Venetia Williams remains in good form and her charge can take care of Asker, who looks the main threat for local trainer Gary Moore.

Twice a winner on the level, he improved upon a modest debut over timber when second here last time, and further progress looks on the cards.

However, stamina looks his strong suit and quicker ground around here may leave him struggling to lay up with the faster Leviathan before he steps up in distance in handicap company further down the line.

Similar comments apply to Ourmanmassini, whose future almost certainly lies over further, and instead the main danger may be Shuh Shuh Gah for David Bridgewater.

Officially rated superior to Leviathan, this one does look likely to improve for a drop in trip, has gone close at the track before and represents the in-form David Bridgewater.

Nicky Henderson's filly Little Dutch Girl is respected in receipt of all the allowances, but in truth the form she's shown over hurdles so far is modest at best and it's Leviathan who looks the one to beat providing he's recovered from his Sandown exertions.

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