The drying ground in late Spring always presents a challenge for Jump racing fans as lines of recent form are rendered unreliable by the changing underfoot conditions.
It can pay, therefore, to concentrate on runners who look set to be favoured by good ground, both on their breeding and on their form.
Today’s card at Huntingdon will be run on ground that has dried enough to warrant artificial watering to maintain a safe surface.
The stable of Gary Moore has been in excellent form in recent weeks, and he runs potential good ground lover Ryeolliean (1550 BST).
This horse’s best performance was when sauntering home on good ground at Plumpton, and his breeding, by Haafd, screams for a sound surface.
He had a prolonged break from racing before 2 quick runs on softer ground in January. They were moderate efforts but that has been reflected in a slipping handicap mark, and it looks significant he has been held back until the return of the good ground.
With the stable in form, conditions to suit, and a moderate field of opponents, we could see this horse shortening considerable from odds of 9/2.
Recommendation: Ryeolliean (1550 Huntingdon), 9/2 available in places.
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