Two national hunt meetings are scheduled for the UK on Tuesday and not surprisingly, both will be run on testing ground. After his Southwell winner yesterday, Peter Teazle bids to continue his very consistent form with a selection at both Wetherby and Taunton.
Wetherby 3:25 – Camden
Fill The Power heads the market for this 3m1f handicap chase at 6/4 with Stan James, but he has been running reasonably well in decent races without getting within 10 lengths of the leaders on his last 5 starts. He has gradually worked his way down the handicap and now races off 126 after being as high as 135 at this time last year. However he has not looked like a winner waiting to happen and despite this less competitive race, we will oppose him.
Wood Yer has a very good win/run ratio and has won his last two starts, staying on strongly at the end of both to win. However the form looks flimsy and off 118, he could be starting to get in the grips of the handicapper.
The horse we like in this race is Camden for the Oliver Sherwood yard. He looked a very promising staying novice chaser last season when he won at Plumpton and Lingfield on testing ground, but he has not shown anything like that form on his two runs this season. However after being rated 127, he is now back down to 119 and has been given two months off to freshen up and deal with any problems that he might have been experiencing. Oliver Sherwood has his horses in good health at the moment and at 13/2, he looks worth chancing in this small field.
Taunton 3:45 – Leviathan
Virak won very impressive at this venue last time, when he beat Sustainability by 42 lengths after quickening as they turned into the straight. He could now be on a steep upward curve in the same manner that his stablemate Saphir Du Rheu has improved this season, but that race may not be very reliable as we are far from certain that the second ran to its mark and Virak has been given a 10lb rise for the win.
We prefer the chances of Sustainability’s stable companion Leviathan for the in form Venetia Williams stable. He is a very effective operator on testing ground and 2 miles around quite a sharp track looks to be ideal for him. He was running well this season and gradually building himself up to a win, which he duly delivered at Haydock in December when he won off a mark of 119. He has been raised 6lb for that victory, but such is the manner in which he travels through a race and then seems to find only what is needed in the closing stages, that it is very possible that there is still plenty of improvement to come from him.
The fact that he has been supported against the favourite is encouraging, given the stable have a good line to the Virak form and Leviathan is worth an interest at 9/4.
0.75 points win Camden – Wetherby 3:25 at 13/2 with Ladbrokes
0.75 points win Leviathan – Taunton 3:45 at 9/4 with Bet365