Sky Sports Racing’s Elliot David offers us his 5 runners value contemplating on this afternoon’s Monday double-header at Wolves and Plumpton.
The Cathal Don
2.00 Plumpton – Elementally Human High Stakes Handicap Chase
In Shaw’s Cross and Doyannie, we now have two in-form runners renewing their current course and distance rivalry, which noticed the previous come out cosily on high final month. Though the bottom will likely be barely faster on the Sussex venue on Monday, that kind appears prone to be upheld, with a 2lb swing within the weights unlikely to cease Paul Henderson’s 11-year-old.
My curiosity although lies with seven-year-old The Cathal Don, who makes his debut for Richard Bandey. Although that is one you might need to squint a little bit to see the case for, given British type of 36PP4P, optimistic market indicators can be noteworthy on steady debut.
Having joined former coach Seamus Mullins from Henry de Bromhead’s yard, he was allotted a mark of 137, which even on Irish kind regarded harsh. It wasn’t a shock to see him discovering Class 2 and three firm a step too far in his first three British begins, and longer journeys tried again in March and April regarded to stretch him.
Since sending out a primary runner in 2013, Bandey has notably excelled with chasers, working at 21 per cent over fences in comparison with a lesser 11 per cent over hurdles, with a attribute being the daring and correct leaping of his chase, one thing The Cathal Don was fighting when final seen in April.
This horse begins life with Bandey on a ranking of 105, now 32lb beneath his opening British mark. Monday’s circumstances look appropriate, with one in every of his two profession wins approaching good floor, and the tongue tie worn for each victories is retained. If the steady swap works, he can absolutely discover this a winnable race, given he stays calmly raced and with scope for enchancment as a half-brother to helpful performer The Mighty Don.
2.30 Plumpton – Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle
This 13-runner handicap hurdle seems to be a usually open race for the grade, however having seemingly appreciated the swap to good floor at Fontwell earlier this month Gary Moore’s Abingworth can get off the mark on his second handicap begin.
Ridden by conditional jockey Rob Hargreaves, the five-year-old sat midfield in a muddling race final day out, nicely restrained away from an early battle for prominence.
Heading out onto their remaining circuit, Hargreaves had allowed his mount to maneuver ahead right into a distinguished place, widest on the monitor and travelling easily, however having almost adopted Joe Tizzard’s West Orchard in working out two from dwelling, he regarded to hold left up the straight and simply misplaced out in a bunched end, maybe missing for that little bit of expertise in a battle.
Despite being unable to fairly get the job completed, it was a notable enchancment upped to 2m5½f and switched to faster floor.
He steps up additional in journey to 3m1f right here, beneath related circumstances, and appears to have a little bit extra scope for enchancment than most of his rivals. The glorious Jamie Moore takes over within the saddle and all the pieces seems to be set for one more massive run.
3.35 Plumpton – Tim Vaughan Racing Supporting Jamie’s Farm Mares’ Handicap Hurdle
Just three winners for the steady in December and January would let you know Anthony Honeyball’s string went by means of a lean patch, however they have been in glorious kind for the reason that starting of February, working at 28 per cent (9-32) this month and having fun with a transparent flip in fortunes.
Though she stays a maiden from 5 profession begins, his six-year-old mare boasts some good kind in each bumpers and novice hurdles, and positively sufficient to make her worthy of robust consideration from a gap mark of 103. After a promising hurdle debut within the top of that aforementioned quiet spell, her Wincanton run earlier this month confirmed promise in a race that did not look run to swimsuit, because the 1-2 remained distinguished all through and people in behind struggled to actually get entangled.
She could due to this fact be higher judged on her course-and-distance hurdle debut, in a race that seems to be understanding nicely. The entrance quartet pulled clear that day, with Nick Gifford’s winner Churchills Boy following up at Fontwell to acquire a ranking of 119, whereas Paul Henderson’s Our Champ might do much more for the shape within the maiden hurdle (1.30) earlier on the cardboard.
She’ll encounter significantly faster circumstances right here, with good floor forecast, however with Listed bumper kind on good going behind good mares in Queens Gamble and Bonttay, she seems to deal with it simply effective.
6.30 Wolverhampton – Scu Selects Expert Tips By BetUK Novice Stakes
A quiet Monday night card at Dunstall Park might be lit up by this race for the third successive season, with earlier winners together with Group 1 performer Dragon Symbol and Richard Hannon’s 102-rated Witch Hunter.
Six runners go to publish led by Charles Hills’ Dubawi colt Rabaah, who created a superb impression when getting back from a 223-day harm lay-off to land a Lingfield novice contest final month.
Hills unleashes thrilling Rabaah at Wolves
Despite exhibiting evident greenness, he got here clear inside the ultimate furlong within the model of an above-average performer, and Hills could not conceal his admiration for the colt, saying: “I’ve all the time favored him”.
That efficiency constructed on his massively promising Leicester debut run from May, when catching the attention behind subsequent Group 2 July Stakes runner-up Show Respect. Subsequent kind (see desk beneath) from that race has seen the eight runners file eight wins from 32 begins between them, the positive signal of an above-average contest, and I fancy Rabaah can develop right into a high-class dash handicapper on the turf.
The Thames Boatman
7.00 Wolverhampton – talkSPORT Powered By Fans Handicap
Richard Hughes broke a irritating run of locations when Kimngrace flew dwelling to land the Listed Hever Sprint at Lingfield on Saturday. I’m hoping that flip in fortunes carries over to Monday night, the place The Thames Boatman makes good enchantment on this handicap over the minimal journey.
Outside his runs in novice contests, he is been pitched in on the deep finish within the beneficial Tattersalls Auction race at Newmarket and a tricky race towards his elders at Nottingham. Having discovered the smooth floor towards him within the latter, the son of Havana Grey returns from a gelding operation and is again on the scene of his finest run up to now.
That run noticed him make all from a large attract stall 8 to comfortably see off the problem of Kevin Philippart de Foy’s Clipsham La Habana, who has gained two of his three begins since to acquire a ranking of 82. Though that run came visiting 6f, the early pace proven there would counsel no issues over the drop again to 5f from a mark of 76.
His coach boasts a terrific file at Wolverhampton in the course of the winter all-weather season. In the final 5 years between September and March, Hughes strikes at 27% right here, but when ignoring his runners on the basement Class 6 stage that improves to 33 per cent (20 from 61 runners), with a wholesome level-stakes revenue of £35.33 to a £1 stake.