Steve Hughes has two selections for Sunday
A busy Sunday’s racing and there are three jumps meetings in Britain. I have selections for two of the best handicaps on offer. Thomas Patrick was a 9/2 (advised) winner on the final day of the big Aintree meeting.
Plumpton 3.20: Cleni Wells
Having had a decent week at Aintree I am going to afford myself a bit of a wild stab and have a small each-way bet on a rank outsider in Cleni Wells.
This keen racer will appreciate the drying ground at Plumpton and his two latest efforts can be easily excused – ground too soft at Exeter, didn’t take to chasing at Taunton. As a result he is a massive price today and in truth he has no great record fresh – he returns from a 136 day absence today.
However a reproduction of his good ground form in the autumn would put him right in the mix here. He was third at Cheltenham in October from a 2lb higher mark. In addition all his best form are on sharp tracks. His two wins in Britain have been gained at Kempton and Newton Abbot, so this track should suit.
Ffos Las 3.45: Alfie Spinner
As with so many of Kerry Lee’s string Alfie Spinner’s enthusiasm shows no signs of waning even at the age of thirteen. His thorough resoluteness can see off some younger rivals at Ffos Las today.
The 13yo revelled in the heavy ground to take second place finishes at Chepstow in the Welsh National trial and then the big race itself the following month. He then went on to finish a perfectly respectable fifth in the Midlands National last month.
Because of his age the handicapper has not given the horse the hike in the weights a younger horse would earn and he remains on the same mark of 132 as at Chepstow. There are some worthy rivals in opposition, but Behind Time is clumsy and Horatio Hornblower does not look the hardiest of battlers. As a result I am happy to put my support behind the veteran.
0.5pts each-way – Cleni Wells – 3.20 Plumpton – 50/1 general
1pt win – Alfie Spinner – 3.45 Ffos Las – 7/2 general