Peter Teazle has two selections on a very busy Tuesday of racing as the evening meetings are now getting into full swing.
Ludlow 4:35 – Nowurhurlin
Nowurhurlin was a revelation last time at Ascot in a Hunters Chase over 2m6f. He jumped well and took up the running after the 11th fence and simply cruised away from his field to win by 29 lengths. He threw in a few sketchy jumps as well which highlights how impressive this victory was. It was clearly not expected by the market as he was allowed to go off at 7.1 in this 4 runner race and while Buck Mulligan and Rob Conti may not have been quite at their best (although they ran close to their own marks), this was a display that suggested Nowurhurlin had an exciting future in this sphere.
He was quite lightly raced for Donald McCain and won at Bangor off a mark of 110 in May of last year, before being sold for the amazingly cheap price of STG£7,000 at the Doncaster sales the following week. He is only 7 and could well be improving and this 2.5 mile trip around Ludlow on good ground, should present no problems for him. The slightly easier fences will also be of assistance and he looks set to take a huge amount of beating in this race, especially as a number of his rivals such as Foundry Square would be better over further. The main threat is probably Shrewd Investment who won well last time at Exeter, but it will be disappointing if Nowurhurlin cannot confirm the promise of the Ascot run in this race.
Yarmouth 5:25 – Mairise
Sir Michael Stoute has his team in good order at the moment and he seems to be making a concerted effort to start the season quickly and try and build some momentum for the year ahead. He had an extremely impressive winner at this venue on Monday and while Mairise has no pretensions of being as good as Abseil, he could have plenty of scope to improve on his initial handicap mark of 70.
He did not race last year until 11 November and then he had three quick runs over a mile at Kempton twice and finally at Lingfield. On the last occasion he showed something like the ability that he may be able to produce this season, when he stayed on well under tender Shane Kelly handling to finish 6th to Examiner. The form of that race is working out well with the 2nd placed Sheila’s Footsteps and the 4th Old Town Boy winning handicaps on their next start.
Mairise is by Authorized from the family of Notnowcato and he would be expected to improve significantly over middle distances at 3. Whether this 10 furlong trip ultimately proves to be his optimum is debatable, but it looks an ideal starting point for him and may be part of a tactic that his trainer uses to gradually progress his horse through the handicap. Ryan Moore is booked and we would be expecting to see a big performance today. Whether he can develop into a decent handicapper is for another day, but he should be able to take advantage of his opening mark of 70, despite the presence of a couple of interesting rivals such as Shimba Hills and Crystal Pearl.
1.5 points win Nowurhurlin – Ludlow 4:35 at 7/4 with Bet365
1 point win Mairise – Yarmouth 5:25 at 5/2 with Coral and Stan James