Steve Hughes returns to jump racing for Thursday
A dry week means we have unusually good going for the last day of November. I have two selections well able to handle the faster ground. Intisaab placed second for the each-way bet yesterday (advised 6/1).
Towcester 1.40: Golan Fortune
When Phil Middleton’s horses are in form it usually pays to follow them for a while. Golan Fortune is very capable of following up a recent win at Sandown.
A winning pointer in the spring, he has made a promising start to his career under rules. He was placed in two novice hurdles over 2m4f on sharp tracks in September behind two useful types in Kings Ryde and Ballymountain Boy.
He then struggled in a big field handicap at Cheltenham last month, finishing near the rear in the end after some jumping errors. He showed he had learned from that though when storming home from near the back to win at Sandown last time, relishing the uphill finish. I am sure we will see better again from him on this much stiffer track.
Taunton 1.50: Lovely Job
With seven chases under his belt already (plus two points) Lovely Job has just the right type of conditions to hammer home his advantage of extra experience over the bigger obstacles today.
He came close to winning a chase in 2015/16 with two second places, but remained a novice before missing last year through injury. He can take advantage of his novice status though now as a second season chaser as he is very professional over his fences and clearly retains all his old ability.
He made a winning return at Uttoxeter in June on good going and has made the first two in three races since, including a win at Hexham. Indeed he has never been out of the first two in six completed chases. Happy bowling along in front, he ought to be able to do just that in this small field and around this tight track.
0.75pts each-way – Golan Fortune – 1.40 Towcester – 15/2 Bet365, Ladbrokes, BetVictor
1.5pts win – Lovely Job – 1.50 Taunton – 5/4 general