Andrew Mount 10:29am, Sun 26 Feb 2017
Fontwell’s Grade 2 Totepool National Spirit Hurdle (3.00) looks typically competitive but there could be some value in the race, as the front two in the betting look potentially vulnerable – 15-8 favourite Different Gravey is reverting from fences while 5-2 second-in L’Ami Serge is proving hard to win with.
CATCHIN TIME did well to win from off the pace at Warwick last time, suggesting that the Laura Hurley-trained nine-year-old is well ahead of the handicapper.
LAND OF VIC tends to struggle when racing in big fields and his cut-off point seems to be 11 runners. He prevailed narrowly in a field of five at Ludlow last month, taking his full record in fields of 11 or fewer runners to: 711151951341 (6-12).
Paul Cole does well with his runners in first-time blinkers, winning with eight of the 42 since 2012 (19% strike-rate) for a profit of £144.00 to a £10 level stake (+£223.00 at Betfair SP). HONIARA (stall 2 of 13), who runs in the 7f Sunbets.co.uk Handicap at Lingfield on Friday, is his latest qualifier (4.00).
Lewis Edmunds has been the apprentice find of the All-weather season and had we backed his mounts blind this year we would have won ten of our 47 bets (21.3% strike-rate) and made a profit of £243.30 to a £10 level stake at SP (+£427.50 at Betfair SP).