It may be a long way to Tipperary, but its a hell of a long way to Sedgefield. If you ever get the chance then it’s worth the trip as it’s a surprisingly pretty course – but pack your thermals.
The opening 3m3f handicap hurdle (1410 BST) has a competitive looking field at first glance – but that said, quite a few of these look out of form and you’ll need to be placing faith in the drying ground to bring about a revival.
Darsi Dancer looks to have the ideal profile. He won over this course and distance off a mark of 94, and again off 92 on decent ground last Summer at Hexham.
Since then he has shown mixed form on much softer ground, however he hasn’t been over-raced, and his last 2 efforts, both third placings were decent enough that it is a surprise to see him back down to that winning mark of 92 so soon.
He will ridden as usual by trainer’s son Sam Coltherd, who gets to claim a useful 5lbs off and must know the horse very well at home. Everything looks in place for a big run.
Onwiththeparty looks the main danger, but he has started favourite 9 times since transferring from Ireland and hasn’t won any of those runs, so may not be one to trust.
Recommendation: Darsi Dancer (1410 Sedgefield) 9/2 Paddy Power, 4/1 generally
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