Steve Hughes previews the best of Sunday’s British jumps cards
Speed will be of the essence at Ludlow where the two feature races around this sharp track on fast ground are over the minimum 2m trip. It is those two races I am focussing on today. We landed our third consecutive nap on Saturday with Silver Streak winning the big race at Haydock (advised 15/2).
Ludlow 3.35: Workbench
This is the time of year for Workbench, and the right conditions with a flat, right-handed track on good going his optimum set up.
He had a busy summer in 2017, indeed racing right through until January of this year. Now one of Dan Skelton’s old stalwarts, he won twice last season, over hurdles at Fontwell and then putting his good jumping to fine use around Sandown in December.
He ran well here when second to the highly useful Speredek on softer going than ideal and should return refreshed from his winter break, coming back with his stable in much better form now.
Ludlow 4.10: Peruvien Bleu
Peruvien Bleu is becoming a real course specialist now and can produce a fourth win in five starts here for the father and son team of Nick and Chester Williams.
All three of his wins here have come over 2m on good ground, just as he will find today, including in this contest twelve months ago. His only defeat came on unsuitably soft ground here last month, where he still ran with credit to be beaten 9l into third by I’m A Game Changer (ran well since).
However he barely seems to last home this 2m trip so fast going such as today enables him to keep enough stamina in reserve for the finish. His win here in October came with real ease, sweeping through from the back of the field, and I expect similar tactics to be employed today.
1pt win – Workbench – 3.35 Ludlow – 3/1 general
1pt each-way – Peruvien Bleu – 4.10 Ludlow – 6/1 general