Steve Hughes has two each-way bets for Friday.
Very good action over jumps on Friday to help take us into the weekend. A lot of the better races only have a few runners, but my two bets are worth chancing each-way in bigger fields. Cappananty Con was a winner for us last night at Chelmsford (advised 9/1).
Exeter 3.15: Another Venture
Although this is very early in his career to be taking in a marathon chase, Another Venture shapes like this is just the sort of test he needs and has shown enough quality to date to think he can defy his big weight.
He shaped well last season over hurdles, winning a heavy ground contest at Sandown, before lacking the pace to cope in the EBF Final at the same track the following month over 2m4f. However he was always going to be a chaser and he is developing nicely this season.
He could only manage fifth on his first start at Uttoxeter in October, but made a couple of novicey leaps on the way around. However the 2m6f was still probably an insufficient test of stamina and he did much better at Exeter last time, jumping much more professionally as well. He was staying on strongly at the finish over 3m there and hopefully he is ready to take on the extra 6f here.
Sandown 3.35: Cheer’s Delboy
Having had his three runs in novice company to qualify for handicaps, Cheers Delboy has shown enough already to think he can win in this sphere and his opening mark of 113 looks fair enough.
He raced in two points in the spring, placing second over 3m on the latter occasion. He did therefore have some experience under his belt before racing under rules this autumn. He made little show in tough company at Chepstow in October.
However there was plenty to like about his fifth place behind Slate House at Cheltenham just two weeks later, not looking out of his depth in that company. He built on that when holding every chance two out at Warwick though he did ultimately fade late on. However by not finishing too close the handicapper has been quite lenient and I think this represents a realistic chance of taking immediate advantage.
0.75pts each-way – Another Venture – 3.15 Exeter – 7/1 Bet365
0.75pts each-way – Cheer’s Delboy – 3.35 Sandown – 8/1 general