If you have never been to Ludlow races then you should go, it’s a nice little track with sharp bends and good fast jumping action. Typically its suits speedy types as a sharp right handed oval where even soft ground can dry out pretty quickly.
We will be banking on that today, as a dry forecast could see the track drying out through the day from it’s initial soft ground. Once we get to the 1715 race, a 2 mile handicap hurdle, we will be hoping for pretty decent conditions.
Market leaders Flashing Glance, All is Good and Night of Sin have clear form chances, but all like to lead, as does the sometimes runaway Bertimont. Not all of those will get their way but they should help ensure a decent gallop and that can suit a horse who likes to come from off the pace.
Awake At Midnight is a likely contender in his first handicap, albeit his stable have not been as prolific this year as in the past.
We prefer Sophie Leech’s Birch Hill. He had good form on good ground last season, and then sprung a surprise on another flat right handed sharp oval at Huntingdon two runs ago on what was a drying day, although officially soft. He absolutely destroyed the field that day sprinting clear to win with ease.
He is 11lbs higher, but that was well deserved. We fancied him at a long price in the Imperial Cup last time. He fell half way around, but in honesty the deep ground that already looked to be blunting his gallop.
Pitched back into suitable company, with a race likely to be run to suit, on a track that suits, and hopefully on drying ground, and we can see a repeat of that Huntingdon effort, which despite the weight rise, should be enough to land the prize here.
Recommendation: Birch Hill, (1715 Ludlow), 1pt win, 11/2 generally available
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