Wednesday’s action at Wetherby catches my eye. Before that, just a quick note on yesterdays tip.
Frankly, I was left scratching my head at the effort from Your Darling. The horse travelled okay, but never looked like he was able to threaten. He has ended up 3rd. The only thing I am left considering is the form of the horses in the yard. His next run will be key and needs to be a winning one if my high hopes of him are to be met later in the season.
Ask A Honey Bee
Fergal O’Brien has got his team in cracking form. At time of writing he has around a 25% strike rate.
I think this can continue with Ask A Honey Bee in his first start over hurdles. The 6 year old by Ask took 4 starts to get off the mark in point to points before he joined Fergal’s team. Since then, he has been impressive. He has won 3 bumpers, including one at Wetherby. He also ran credibly when finishing midfield at the Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Bumper.
Today looks a great starting point. Kim Bailey’s Lord Apparelli represents the sole danger to my eye. The 5 year old has ran well on his 2 starts in bumpers, and comes from another Cheltenham based yard who are in good form.
It has been a while since I have sat and looked over a tricky handicap chase, but this puzzle at Wetherby looks to have a little bit of everything.
The favourite, So Easy Way, is an very interesting runner for Harry Whittington. The 4 year old arrives off the back of a win in France last year and could be anything. It is hard to asses his form, but the market is taking no chances putting him towards the front of the betting.
Movie Legend is a course and distance winner that is now 2 pounds below his winning mark at Doncaster. My one concern for Lucy Wadham’s horse is the rain due to hit prior to racing, as his preference would be to have things on the quicker side of good to soft.
He has run well after a break before and gets the services of Bryony Frost who is riding as well as ever. I think Movie Legend could just offer an each way play in a competitive handicap chase.