You need nothing more than a rudimentary grasp of U.K. geography to know that the Vale of Glamorgan is a very long way from Edinburgh, and if you are trainer Evan William’s travelling head lad then you are certainly earning the “travelling” part of your title today with a near 900 mile round trip on the cards.
That is the best part of 16 hours at least in a smelly old horsebox, you’d think the boss would make it worth your while by sending up a couple, but no, this marathon is to deliver just the one horse, Silver Streak, in time for the 4.00 at Musselburgh.
Jockey Tom O’Brien makes the same journey for just that one ride and he will be hoping this horse can shrug off a 20lb rise in the weights for an easy Taunton win at the end of December.
He is one of two juvenile hurdlers in this race, along with fellow favourite G’Day Aussie, and whilst both have been penalised heavily for recent wins, this time of year is always ripe for unexposed juveniles stepping into all-aged company, and the race looks to lie between the two of them against mostly exposed opposition.
The two met at Wetherby in October, and on that run there shouldn’t be much in it, with Silver Streak fractionally favoured at the revised weights. I can only imagine Williams has launched such a long distance raid in search of the good ground on offer because he still believes the horse has something in hand – if he felt the 20lbs was too harsh he surely would find a more local way to demonstrate that.
The forecast is a tempting option, but Silver Streak is just favoured at the weights and the odds and is worth a flutter to liven up the pre-Cheltenham doldrums.
Recommendation: Silver Streak (4.00 Musselburgh) 7-2 generally available