The going at Sedgefield is soft, heavy in places at time of writing and further showers are expected. This means it’s going to be hard work for some to get through the ground on Thursday. With this in mind. we’ve picked out three horses with proven records on testing ground that should thrive in the conditions. It’s likely to be the sort of day where you can rule out the fast ground horses so these mud-loving alternatives fit the bill. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Us And Them was a useful handicapper for Joseph O’Brien and once finished third at the Cheltenham Festival. He struggled badly in his first six for Alan Jones but there were small signs of a revival on his final start for that yard at Fakenham last time out. He makes his debut for Joe Ponting here and he’s fallen 25lb in the handicap since coming over to Britain. This horse won his sole start on soft to heavy and has a solid record on heavy ground.
Skyhill had a cracking season last time around, winning three of his seven starts. Two of those came over course and distance and he’s an eight-time winner on soft or heavy ground. All eight of his career victories have come with significant ease in the ground and Alison Hamilton’s gelding should thrive in these conditions.
Horn Cape has three victories to his name so far and they’ve all come on soft or heavy ground. It’s also worth mentioning that he has a 67 per cent strike-rate here at Sedgefield. Ben Haslam’s charge is effectively 5lb well in, as he avoids a penalty for winning here last week. There’s plenty in his favour and he’s entitled to run a huge race once again.
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