A quiet Thursday before a busy weekend, but it’s a big day for a small track as Sedgefield proudly hosts the Durham National.
Admittedly not one of the more prestigious Nationals, but Sedgefield deserves their moment in the spotlight. It’s a long journey to get there, but a lovely course and one of the friendliest welcomes in the UK (Ireland in a different league of welcomes…).
Well it’s a long journey for trainer Dr Richard Newland from his Worcestershire base, but one he is familiar with having trousered the winner’s cheque twice in recent years.
He makes the trek north with the aptly named Audacious Plan. This horse was considered good enough for a tilt at the Cheltenham Festival when trained by Rebecca Curtis. That stable had a rough last year and we have already seen the benefit of well handicapped horses transferring from the yard to pastures new.
Audacious Plan followed that route and although touched off on chasing debut for the good Doctor, he was 30l ahead of the rest, and has since sauntered home over hurdles.
Today’s test should suit and he is a very well handicapped horse.
The Doctor is not wasting the long horse box trip as he has also loaded up West Of The Edge for the preceding long distance hurdle.
This horse has won 3 from 5 since switching to the Newland yard, including an easy win at Warwick over fences last time.
His hurdles mark here is lower and he looks well in. Runners from this yard rarely lack for fitness and he can kick start a memorable double.
Recommendation: West Of The Edge (1435 Sedgefield), & Audacious Plan (1510 Sedgefield), 1pt win double, approx 9/1.
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