Firth to go forward at Stratford

Steve Hughes has two selections on a busy Sunday’s jumping in Britain

Three jumps fixtures today in Britain and whilst the quality is not great there is some competitive racing nonetheless.

Wincanton 2.50: Waterloo Warrior

A recent wind op might revitalise Waterloo Warrior and whilst his past performances indicate winning might be tough, he is more than big enough a price to justify an each-way investment.

He is not ground dependent having run well on both good and heavy going, notably when second under quicker conditions at Exeter in October and then also runner-up on more testing going at Chepstow two weeks later.

He struggled on his last two starts, but there was clearly a breathing issue as he has had wind surgery since and if that has had the desired effect he remains on a fair mark having drifted back to a rating of 115.

Stratford 4.10: Marley Firth

An impressive winner on hurdling debut at Chepstow in November, Marley Firth has been underwhelming since. However after a fallow period the Dan Skelton team have been back amongst the winners of late with the ground drying up and he rates each-way value in this novice contest.

Whilst most of his form has been on heavy ground (including that Chepstow win) his one run in an Irish point came on good going where he was a cosy winner. Therefore he might well appreciate the slightly drier conditions today.

He has raced keenly on occasions, so this sharp track might better suit his racing style and he might be better off against largely inferior opponents today than in a more hotly contested handicap.

Recommended bets:

0.75pts each-way – Waterloo Warrior – 2.50 Wincanton – 10/1 general

0.75pts each-way – Marley Firth – 4.10 Stratford – 7/1 William Hill

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