Steve Hughes looks ahead to Monday’s racing with a selection each over jumps and on the flat.
There are another couple of decent handicaps on Newton Abbot’s latest Monday jumps offering and I have a selection from one – the staying hurdle. Meanwhile a top weight is fancied on the All Weather at Lingfield.
Newton Abbot 3.40: Franklin Roosevelt
David Pipe has only kept a skeleton team together for this summer jumping season and one of those makes his return at Newton Abbot today looking to take advantage of a much lower mark over hurdles than his chase rating.
Therefore Franklin Roosevelt is favoured with the Pipe horses invariably fully fit after a break.
Indeed the gelding’s record first time up over jumps so far is a third place over hurdles at Wincanton and a 6l win at the same venue last autumn over fences. I am happy therefore to take on trust the 8yo will be forward enough to more than do himself justice this afternoon.
He enjoyed a real purple patch in 2013, at one stage winning four times from five races, not long after transferring to the Pipe yard from Warren Greatrex. All of those wins came over fences and over distances of a minimum of 3m. The last two wins came on genuine good ground and he can do it over hurdles, as exemplified by a win at Hereford a couple of years ago, again on top of the ground conditions. He probably reached his handicap limit over fences last winter, finishing fourth off 119 on his last start at Warwick, but a 10lb lower mark plus a drop in grade here makes him attractive today.
Lingfield 6.50: Kinglami
A horse that has done most of his running on sand, Kinglami has a sound record on the All Weather with two wins and five further placed efforts in fifteen starts. Ultra consistent, he can bounce back from a rare off day last time and could easily get the run of the race in what could prove an unusually tactical affair for a 6f sprint.
He seems adaptable distance wise having run well over as far as a mile, but his wins have come over 6f and 7f, and in recent races in particular he seems best off over this shorter trip. His last win came over the 6f trip at Windsor in August and he had the pace to finish third on fast ground over Goodwood’s sharp 6f next time.
He started this term with a fine second place at Windsor and was accordingly made favourite for a hot handicap at Ascot next time, only to meet trouble in running. I am happy to ignore his last run which was his first in over a year when he did not sport any headgear. With the cheekpieces immediately restored today, he has a decent draw in three. Putin is the one guaranteed pacesetter in the field, but plenty of these like to be held up, whilst Kinglami is happy just racing off the leader, so this could be set up perfectly to earn first run into the straight and make the best of his way home from there.
1pt win – Franklin Roosevelt – 3.40 Newton Abbot (5-1 general)
1pt each-way – Kinglami – 6.50 Lingfield (9/1 BetVictor, William Hill)