York’s four-day Ebor meeting begins on Wednesday but a low-key start to the week although there is a decent jumps card at Bangor-on-Dee this evening.
The best race is the competitive handicap hurdle of two miles even though only five go to post. Both Chasamax and Hurricane Ali are chasing their hat-trick and hold serious claims, but the latter is 6lbs worse off with El Borracho (6.05) for the 3L he was ahead of that rival at Uttoxeter back in May and I think the latter will reverse the form this evening.
The selection – 4s with 10Bet – has been in good form over fences in recent weeks and is rated 4lbs lower over timber than fences. He has run into a couple of very well treated rivals over the larger obstacles in recent starts and he was entered in the concluding chase on the card. I feel connections have made the right decision and hope to see Cousin Oscar ensure a decent gallop.
Kabrit (6.35) is not exactly bred for chasing but that has not prevented him landing his first two over fences and he is taken to land his hat-trick for Alastair Ralph and Nick Schofield. The selection – 15/8 with MansionBet – should have the race run to suit with Mr Mafia and Gangster likely to ensure it will be a truly run race.
Note the selection jumped right on occasions at Worcester on his penultimate start and overcame a bad blunder at Uttoxeter last time. He is not yet the finished article over fences, but he will enjoy the forecast good ground and remains open to further improvement.
Drumlee Water has won his last three over timber for Warren Greatrex and is likely to give it a good go from the front in the three-mile handicap hurdle. I hope he helps set the race up for Catchmeifyoucan (7.05) and the Jennie Candlish trained 7-year-old gets the vote. The mare – 3s with Boylesports – is in the form of her life but only got up close home over slightly further at Cartmel last month. She is 4lbs higher this evening – 9lbs if you include Theo Gillard’s claim last time – but she is taken to defy the rise.
The form of Tall Order’s (6.25) second at Leicester last month has been franked by the subsequent wins of the runner up and the fourth has also run well in defeat. William Buick keeps the ride at Windsor this evening on Michael Bell’s gelding who is taken to make it third time lucky in the 10f Novice Stakes. There was 7/4 available on Sunday but the mare is Evens with William Hill at the time of posting.
The selection ran once as a juvenile and the three horses he finished behind are now rated 98, 103 and 112. The gelding was beaten just over a couple of lengths. He holds outstanding form claims. The Stoute runner Crystal Starlet is another open to further improvement after just a couple of runs but the Frankel filly must improve on her third over C&D a fortnight ago to trouble the recommendation.