It’s fair to say that Ffos Las has been a happy hunting ground for Tom O’Brien so far this season, two winners and a third from five rides. He heads there on Thursday for three mounts, all of whom are an each way price. They combine to make a 358/1 each-way treble, winning £3,596 from a £5 EW stake at time of writing.
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O’Brien’s opening ride is on First Destination which he will be hoping takes him into the number one spot in the unsaddling enclosure. The mare took a fair step up on her recent runs last time out when finishing third over this course and distance.
A winner of a bumper on good ground, she is yet to run on this surface over hurdles. It could be that she can make another jolt of progression simply because of the underfoot conditions. Despite being a nine-year-old, she has had just seven starts in her life so is still very lightly raced for one of her age.
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A three-mile handicap chase here with Et Apres Thou his mount. He has not really built on his Wincanton second over hurdles in November but is seven pounds lower here over the bigger obstacles.
He has had just two starts over fences in his life, not beaten far when fourth at Warwick last time. A mistake five out put him on the back foot there, just as he was starting to get closer. A sounder display of jumping could see him in the mix.
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According to the early prices, Comeonthebull is the best of O’Brien’s chances. Third over course and distance just last week, he was only beaten a neck in total. He was six pounds out of the handicap on that occasion and can compete from his proper mark now.
If he can back that up, he would have to have strong claims to this prize. Decent ground suits and he showed better form in a pair of bumpers in Ireland back in the autumn of 2018 so he is more than capable of getting involved if putting his best foot forward once more.