WILDMOOR BOY (7/1) made all at Stratford last month and he will take a lot of stopping if he is in the same mood running off bottom weight. Robert Dickin’s five year old gelding is up nine pounds in a better race but he still looks well treated. The consistent Breaking Bits is on a long losing streak but has been knocking on the door and will find a race sooner rather than later.
1 MAHLERS STAR – Showed plenty of promise on debut under rules when second at Towcester on soft ground. Failed to build on his initial promise in his two starts since but the yard are in very good form and Tom Scudamore is a good booking. Sire is Mahler who liked cut in the ground.
2 COME ON LAURIE – Won two novice hurdles back in 2014 and has clearly had training issues since. Pulled up at Uttoxeter over an inadequate trip on his return so the drop back in distance will suit. Hard to be confident but the market will be your best guide.
3 VIVAS – Richard Johnson booked on this Charlie Longsdon trained five year old who travelled powerfully and looked a winner for a long way at Kempton when 4th in May. Stable have saddled four winners from their last eight runners so one of the more likely contenders.
4 BREAKING BITS – Frustrating horse for connections who always gives his running but seems to always find one or two too good. Last win came in May 2013 but has been placed second six times since. A repeat of his Fontwell run when 2nd two starts back would give him every chance.
5 FARAWAY MOUNTAIN – Left the Gordon Elliott stable on a high note with a victory in a Perth maiden hurdle in June. Ran no sort of race on debut for the Middleton yard when last of six but may yet do better. There are more likely winners in the race.
6 SOUPY SOUPS – Lightly raced five year old gelding by Stowaway trained by Neil Mulholland who has been in fine fettle. Noel Fehily is a top booking and he showed plenty of promise on his three outings to date. Beat Templeross on debut at Ffos Las and that Twiston Davies horse has gone on to win twice since.
7 QUEBEC – Didn’t take to fences when tried over them in May so connections switched the horse back to hurdles. Superb run after a long break when 2nd to Vic’s Last Stand at Uttoxeter last week and runs off the same mark here. Probably the horse they all have to beat.
8 AMERICAN LIFE – Landed a punt on the flat at Pontefract over 2m 5f in April and has some decent form over hurdles. Hard to fancy if the ground is good or better as all of his best form has come in soft or heavy conditions. Unless the rain comes he wouldn’t be recommended from a betting perspective.
9 DEAUVILLE DANCER – Left some very average runs behind when an eye-catching 4th to the progressive Ablazing at Worcester earlier this month. That was a big step back in the right direction but he is another that would enjoy soft in the going description.
10 KID KALANISI – Very quirky horse and an equally difficult ride. Formerly trained by Dan Skelton who failed to get a win out of five year old. Could well need the run on debut for the Jeremy Scott stable and hard to fancy.
11 WILDMOOR BOY – Impressive winner last time out at Stratford (We had him tipped up at 12/1 that day) leading from start to finish. Had plenty left in the tank when he hit the line and he will be very hard to peg back if he gets a soft lead. Runs off bottom weight (10 stone) and looks a progressive horse. Big player.