Soft ground at Wetherby for the sole jumps card with the prospect of further rain on Thursday although the forecast did suggest race-day would be cold be largely dry.
The 2m 5f+ handicap chase is an absolute cracker and Grand Turina has been raised 7lbs by the handicapper for winning a poor Veterans’ handicap at Warwick last week but escapes a penalty given that was a conditional jockeys’ event.
Thus, he would be carrying 7lbs more in 24 hours time although Ned Fox was able to claim a valuable 10lbs last time. Charlie Deutsche takes over in the saddle today and he looks the one to beat but 5/4 is short enough in what looks a much better race than the two he has trousered in recent weeks.
Cooper’s Cross (2.00) failed to get home over just shy of three miles at Newcastle when last seen at the end of November and he was taken out of a race at Kelso over Christmas on account of heavy ground.
Good to soft ground is ideal for the selection who represents the inform Stuart/Sam Colthard stable and he has run well on soft ground in the past, but I would imagine he would again be withdrawn if conditions turned heavy. He has been well supported in the opening salvos and is 10/3 with Boylesports at the time of posting.
Global Agreement (2.35) has improved for Milton Harris in recent starts and only went down by half a length to Legal Rights at Fontwell on Boxing Day over 2m 3f. The winner followed up for Gary Moore at Hereford earlier in the week and I hope to see Kevin Jones makes plenty of use of his mount who has been raised 4lbs from his last start. The selection – 11/4 with Boylesports – gets further and the additional 117 yards to the due to rail movements is considered a plus.
At Wolverhampton I hope to see Corvair (6.30) build on a promising first start for Robert Cowell over 6f here last month stepped back up in trip in the valuable 7f handicap. The ew selection -9/2 from 6s with William Hill – is a C&D winner from a 2lbs lower mark, and he gets the each way vote in a race where all seven runners hold realistic claims.