Steve Hughes has two selections from Wincanton’s Sunday fixture
Two horses looking to recover their best form of yesteryear are fancied on Wincanton’s card this afternoon. We had a good Saturday with wins for Molly the Dolly (5/1) and Verdana Blue (advised 6/1).
Wincanton 2.25: Peak to Peak
Injury necessitated Peak to Peak being off the track for well over a year prior to his comeback in February here. Strong market support since indicates he still works well at home, but he has not quite come up to scratch on the track so far. However there is a fair chance he has simply been rusty and I think he warrants another chance on his favoured fast ground.
Made favourite for his comeback here in February, he faded rather tamely and did little better next time (ground too soft). However he was much more like his old safe when narrowly beaten into third at Ascot two weeks ago and he might just be reaching his peak form now.
If he comes back anywhere near to the form of 2017 where he won back to back novices in the spring, including a defeat of the useful Jameson at Chepstow on very quick going, then was third in the top class Silver Trophy at the same track, then he remains very well handicapped. As a prominent racer this speed track looks sure to suit as well.
Wincanton 3.00: Bally Longford
It is fair to say Bally Longford has thrown away a winning chance or two this season but he can land a first success since Newbury in March 2018 with senior jockey Harry Cobden back on board.
The 11yo was a useful horse in his day with Willie Mullins and his profile suggests he is very much a spring/summer horse where he gets his favoured good going and perhaps he just likes the sun on his back. All six career wins have been gained between late March and August over the years, the highlight being a Galway Festival success in 2015.
He was second over course and distance at the last meeting when unable to peg back Enola Gay, but I think that proves this 2m4f is his favoured trip and he was only just beaten in Lingfield in December from a 4lb higher mark. He is the class of the field and perhaps the jockeyship of Cobden (on board for his last win) can bring the best out of him.
1pt win – Peak to Peak – 2.25 Wincanton – 100/30 Bet365
1pt win – Bally Longford – 3.00 Wincanton – 4/1 general