Steve Hughes looks ahead to the best of Tuesday’s jump racing
The afternoon is once again set aside for jump racing, albeit at a lowly level. I am looking at two handicap hurdles one at Hexham and a staying event at Hereford. Molly Childers was placed for the each-way bet on Monday (advised 7/1).
Hereford 3.10: Game On
Having taken in the EBF Final at Sandown, Game On will find this contest much easier and is taken to see off more exposed rivals.
A prominent racer, he should enjoy this turning track which tends to favour the strong traveller. He was far from disgraced at Sandown, ultimately finishing seventh in that big field.
Prior to that he had won two novice hurdles on heavy ground. He beat Larry (winner last week) by 13l at Plumpton and then beat a subsequent Cheltenham Festival runner at Uttoxeter over 3m. That suggests he should stay this extended 3m and soft ground will be no issue either.
Hexham 3.55: Tomkevi
Not the most fluent of jumpers, it looks like Tomkevi will now be kept to hurdling which is of course a less difficult task then taking on the big fences.
In a busy winter campaign he has largely raced in class 3 company, coming up short both over hurdles and fences. However the one exception to that was a class 4 race at Southwell last month where he was an authoritative 6l winner over 3m.
It was a very similar story last season where he failed to beat a horse home in two class 3 contests but managed two wins and two second places in class 4 company. He returns to his favoured grade today and should enjoy a stiff 2m4f given he has good form over further.
1pt win – Game On – 3.10 Hereford – 2/1 general
1pt win – Tomkevi – 3.55 Hexham – 3/1 general