A young Sue Smith-trained handicap hurdler gets the nod as Matt Brocklebank heads to Carlisle for Monday's banker bet.
Recommended bet: Sporting Life's Daily Nap, February 19
Blottos is held in the highest regard by trainer Sue Smith, who describes him as a ‘special’ chaser in the making.
He’s not got great memories of racing at Carlisle having finished seventh of eight in a bumper and fell here on his hurdling debut back in November, but he returns to the Cumbrian track a far more polished performer.
He’s won two of his three subsequent starts since that tumble, successfully conceding weight all round when scoring over two and a half miles at Sedgefield last month.
The move up in distance clearly benefited the son of Westerner, who is a big influencer on stamina (Wakanda, Cole Harden and Wild West Wind among his progeny), and he should be fine when it comes to handling the notoriously stiff finish at Carlisle.
An initial handicap mark of 122 looks fair judged on the level of form Blottos has shown so far but he’s surely capable of further improvement as he continues his development and there’s no doubt the yard is in cracking form with four winners from 14 runners so far in February.
Daily Nap record: -8.19pts