Steve Hughes has two stayers to follow on Monday
A busy day of jump racing with an additional fixture at Wincanton put on, but it is the meetings at Ludlow and Kempton that are of interest betting wise. We had a good day on Sunday with headline selection My Old Gold a winner (SP 4/1) and Dinos Benefit placed for the each-way bet (SP 8/1).
Ludlow 2.50: Goohar
Trained locally by Henry Daly, Goohar has run his last two races here at Ludlow with a win and second place to his name. This is probably a better race, but give his current form he will take a lot of beating against some out of sort opponents.
He has produced some consistent efforts over fences in the past two seasons, his only two poor efforts coming at the start of this campaign on very soft ground. The ground rarely gets too bad here though and he was a solid second over 3m1f on good to soft in January.
He went one place better and caught the idling Captain Bucks close home to win over this 3m trip last time. He has the natural pace around this tight track, whereas a few of his opponents might prefer a longer trip, stiffer track or softer ground.
Kempton 4.45: Molly Childers
A selection for us at Market Rasen last month, Molly Childers appeared to be going well enough for much of the race. However a stumble turning for home left her out of position and she could only manage sixth.
I think she is better than that and with form on better ground she should appreciate the drier conditions she will be faced with at Kempton. She was a runaway winner on good-to-soft at Market Rasen in November and was duly put up a stone.
However she showed she was still capable when a fine fourth in a competitive Cheltenham mares race the following month. Things went awry last time, but the handicapper has dropped her 3lbs from her Cheltenham rating and this race looks a slight drop in class.
1pt win – Goohar – 2.50 Ludlow – 4/1 general
0.75pts each-way – Molly Childers – 4.45 Kempton – 7/1 Bet365