We’ll be focusing on Hereford in this article, with the venue hosting an eight-race card! We’re very early into the season, but one jockey has already made a blistering start to proceedings at the quirky venue.
He holds a pair of rides at the track on Wednesday, both at huge prices! As we proved with our recent Each Way Double successes, don’t discount horses on their prices. You can find the details of this mystery jockey below!
Big prices? No problem!
It’s been a superb start to the Hereford season for Sean Houlihan. From four rides at the venue, he’s scored a hat-trick of successes! That has also yielded a profit of £35.50, meaning that all of his winners thus far have come at bigger prices.
Houlihan has a pair of rides on Wednesday, with both opening up at huge prices! Can he weave his Hereford magic once again?
12.40 – Smartmandarcy (50/1)
We’ve seen Smartmandarcy just once under rules, finishing a fair sixth in a Newton Abbot bumper back in July 2019. He was then sighted between the flags at Badbury Rings, where he was making headway prior to a fall back in February.
He’s subsequently joined these connections for the shrewd purchase of 6,000 euros. There’s plenty to like in terms of his pedigree, being a half-brother to the smart bumper winner Captain Barbossa.
On paper, he certainly looks the part, and he starts out over the 2m 3f distance, which should prove ideal. He does have a fair standard to aim at, but he has the potential to be useful and with three places up for grabs, there’s plenty of hope he can run a big race.
3.20 – Perform (25/1)
Previously trained by Philip Hobbs, Perform ran to a useful standard for that yard. He was placed on multiple occasions in the 2018/19 season, including a near miss behind Potters Corner at Wincanton off an eight-pound higher rating.
He did lose his way for that stable, subsequently joining Sheila Lewis, who had that remarkable sequence earlier in the campaign. Set a stiff task on stable debut earlier this month, he was understandably outclassed in a competitive Beginners’ Chase after a huge absence.
He’ll be all the better for that outing, however, and is fitted with headgear for this start. He sits on a dangerous rating and this spritely eleven-year-old could roll back the years on just his second start for this stable!