#startracking Runners Wednesday 6th
Huntingdon 2.10 FLETCHERS FLYER I think Harry Fry might have been looking for a confidence booster stepping down in class on a flatter course but has ended up in a hot little novice, especially with the highly rated Value at Risk from the Skelton yard in opposition. VaR clipped the top of the second fence when just 2/1 for a G2 over 2m5f at Newbury on chasing debut. Fletchers Flyer has jumped well enough, got outstayed by Onenightinvienna on debut and didn’t get the extra 2f at Cheltenham last time. Also in the field are Emma Lavelle’s 145 rated hurdler Closing Ceremony on chasing debut and Rebecca Curtis has dual bumper and hurdle winner Carnigli also on chasing debut. However the three dangers will all probably be happy to get round whereas Fletchers Flyer has a lot going for him, chase experience, stays trip, won right handed and of course Noel Fehily so I reckon at 5/2 (Lads. PP) he is a two star** selection.
Huntingdon 2.40 IFTIRAAQ It might be a trappy 17 runner C3 handicap but at 20/1 with Ladbrokes (11/1 with WH) this horse is too big. He tanked through the novice hurdle he won at Leicester and has to be worth a one star* each way selection.
#startracking Lanzarote Hurdle this Saturday
I have had a look to see if there was any Ante Post value but it’s a difficult race to call without knowing the Irish runners and their weights. Top of the market are vulnerable as I would have thought 2m 5f round Kempton was a bit sharp for UknowwhatImeanharry and the price for Ibis du Rheu factors in a lot of potential and what his half-brother (Saphir) has done and not a lot of stable confidence. Leaning towards Bivouac, keeps coming up in research, as Nicky Henderson has always said the extra distance will bring further improvement and with Seven Barrows back to form 10/1 is a fair price. I want to see what’s up with Blue Hell before I commit as he was all over Diamond King when winning last time.
SAD NEWS – Harry Fry has been dealt a blow as smart hurdler Jolly’s Cracked It will not run again this season after sustaining a tendon injury. The seven-year-old dead-heated with Sternrubin in the Ladbroke at Ascot last month but his campaign has been brought to a premature halt. Fry said: “It’s just as well that Jolly’s Cracked It hung on in the photo-finish as he has picked up a small tendon injury that rules him out for the rest of the season. It only came to light recently. It’s such a shame. Hopefully he will come back as good as new next season. We will see which way we go when he comes back, but I know that the owners are keen to go down the chasing route.”
HYPE ALERT – Min is due to run on Saturday in the Moscow Flyer at Punchestown that both Douvan and Vautour won en route to Supreme Festival glory.