Steve Hughes has selections for the best of Saturday’s jumping
The loss of Doncaster means the end of turf racing for 2019, but there is plenty of jumping action to enjoy today, highlighted by cards at Wincanton and Aintree. Vinndication was a winner in the previous column last Saturday (advised 7/2) with Lisp placed for the each-way – (SP 8/1).
Aintree 2.05: War Sound
An impressive winner of this race last season, War Sound can repeat the trick from just a 2lb higher mark.
Now ten years of age, he does need a flat track and was impressive when winning this by 6l. His career best effort came down the road at Haydock when landing the Swinton Hurdle back in 2015. He does need a strong pace to help him settle and he looks assured of that with the likes of Bigmartre and Indian Temple in the line up.
Trainer Philip Hobbs has been flying recently so given War Sound was able to win this first time out last term, I give him another chance to do so again. His form last season dropped away – but the stable was largely out of form and perhaps the resurgent Hobbs resurgence can be reflected by this gelding today.
Aintree 2.40: Rosy World
Whilst form to date does not prove Rosy World is up to winning a Pertemps qualifier, There are a number of factors that give this mare an excellent chance.
She is unexposed having raced only five times over hurdles. She ended last term with a soft ground win at Plumpton and is fit from a recent return at the same track where she placed a promising second.
She boasts a heavy going win in a bumper so today’s rain won’t be a problem and is a daughter of the top class Material World who so narrowly failed to win the final of this series a decade or so ago. That bodes well for this first try at 3m – with a sharp track her stamina should last out – indeed she may well improve for the extra distance.
Wincanton 3.35: Give Me A Copper
A typically strong renewal of the Badger Beer although heavy rain this morning puts a different complexion on things. Give Me A Copper is given the vote.
Paul Nicholls’ 9yo has not stood too much racing over the years so still has few miles on the clock. He does look far more at home on right-handed tracks (failed to complete the course in two runs going left-handed). His form going this way though is solid. He was twice fourth at Sandown last season including the Bet365 Gold Cup.
The handicapper is starting to drop him now and a mark of 142 looks fair based on what he has achieved. He has winning form on soft, so won’t be as inconvenienced by rain as plenty of others.
0.75pts each-way – War Sound – 2.05 Aintree – 17/2 general
1pt win – Rosy World – 2.40 Aintree – 5/2 general
1pt each-way – Give Me A Copper – 3.35 Wincanton – 7/1 general (most bookies 1/5 odds 1st 4)