20:10 Ffos Las Thu 20 June 2019
- Velindre Charity Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
- 2m 7f 191y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Won three times on the trot last year over variety of trips, before taking a tumble at Newbury in November (held at the time). Well held fourth last month at Aintree over this sort of trip on return (fancied). Cheekpieces on first time now.
9-48 record over hurdles, winning three times last year. Hasn't fired in either start this term but too soon to be writing the 11-year-old off.
Goes on any ground and stays 3m, winner of a chase at Market Rasen last month and has been very consistent in that sphere of late. Seeks to take advantage of lower hurdles mark; interesting.
Stays well and made the most of a handy mark to win at Aintree last month (Ready And Able fourth); made all that day and must be respected as a pace angle despite being 7lb higher now.
Last won over timber at Doncaster in early 2017, seems to prefer a bit of cut in the ground and may get that now, but both runs this term have been laboured.
Milan gelding improved last summer on decent ground, going close C&D before scoring at Worcester over 2m7f (good) in July. Fell early at Newton Abbot in September and off since, worth noting in betting on seasonal return.
By Frankel, back on song with back-to-back wins at Wetherby and Hexham in April and far from disgraced (beaten 4L) in stronger Aintree race since. Up 2lb, longer trip and one to be noted.
Off the mark in 2m6f Class 4 event here last month and had no problems defying 7lb penalty at Newton Abbot with even more authority. Hit with another sizeable hike (12lb) but going the right way and remains of interest.
Completed a four-timer over hurdles (won twice here) last summer, including C&D win. Chase winner at Ludlow (3m, good) last month, unseated next time and needs to be near best back over hurdles.
Last Year's Winner
Van Gogh Du Granit (10/3), Sizing At Midnight (10/3), Ready And Able (9/2), Follow The Bear (5/1), Solo Saxophone (13/2), Beneagles (8/1), Marble Moon (12/1), Three Ways (14/1), Rolling Maul (25/1)
- Ready And Able
- Van Gogh Du Granit
- Solo Saxophone
Next Race Off
Nick Robson makes Stradivarius his best bet for Thursday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
Ben Linfoot had a great Wednesday with Value Bet winners at 14/1 and 18/1 and he's got five more big-priced tips for day three at Royal Ascot.
Our pundit expects Dee Ex Bee to dethrone Stradivarius in the Gold Cup on Thursday and he has a tip for every race.