4.00pm Ludlow tips for Wednesday’s Class 3 race. A very competitive race is expected, despite only five runners going to post, with all of these horses useful in their own rights. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Front-runner Bigmartre and Darebin both make their chasing debuts and are very interesting based on their useful hurdling form. They should be in the frame, but it’s hard to get away from MICK THONIC who only backed out of things at the second last over the 2m 4f distance on his latest start. The two rivals ahead of him are very useful and he was conceding six pounds, so back in handicap company, he should be very hard to beat.
1 THE GIPPER – Rated 134 over hurdles but was underwhelming on chasing debut at Newton Abbot in May behind the useful Capitaine. He has a future in this sphere and can do much better in time, but this looks like a tough race and he does need marked improvement.
2 MAD JACK MYTTON – Tends to travel well before finding very little off the bridle; he did win at Worcester three starts ago, but was well beaten back in handicaps. This is easier and his hurdling mark suggests that he can do better in this sphere, yet others can have more convincing cases.
3 BIGMATRE – Chasing debutant for Harry Whittington who has some useful form over hurdles, although he failed to really progress last season. He’s the type to make a better chaser though and the stable are in great form, so he’s one to consider.
4 MICK THONIC – Won two starts ago to gain his first chasing victory at the eighth attempt, brushed aside by two useful types at Newton Abbot earlier this month. A drop into handicap company is just what he needs and, with the interesting booking of Bryan Cooper, he should prove very tough to beat in this company.
5 DAREBIN – Three time winner over hurdles for Gary Moore, finishing third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown two starts ago. He makes his chasing debut off a low weight against this field and has the scope for chasing. Jamie Moore is up and he’s one to watch very closely.