Chepstow, Hexham and Warwick provide the National Hunt fare on Wednesday afternoon, providing a nice spread of generally quite interesting and competitive racing across the trio of cards. Hopefully this lot can rise to the "Hump Day" occasion...
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Bang On Frankie - Good looker who posted an improved effort last time out despite not finishing off his race over the 2m4f trip. A return to 2m could bring about further progress and his ability to stay a little further should certainly help. The favourite will be tough to beat if jumping holds up, but he's worth taking a view against with Colin Tizzard's charge.
Soiesauvage - A very moderate contest here where this Sophie Leech trained mare comes out a very clear top of the two sets of ratings I use. She is another dropping in distance and hopefully that can bring about the improvement required to win off her new mark of 97 today. She does have to carry a fair old weight and her handicap mark doesn’t jump off the page per se, but she’s in decent old form at present and could well just be better than this lot, so 9/4 is enticing.
Nansaroy - Yet to win over fences but has more experience than most here and he left the impression at Haydock last time out that a step up in trip is required. He handles soft ground well, is a safe jumper and the handicapper has given him a real opening here off 121, with Mitchell Bastyan’s 5lb claim further enhancing the chances of the Evan Williams trained runner. I also like Glenforde here, and may do a reverse forecast.
Le Frank - The Dubai Way was probably the bet here, but he’s very much been found in the market now and at the prices, Le Frank is very much worth taking a chance on. Lucinda Russell put this 5yo gelding up as her “Dark Horse” for the season (RP Stable Tours) and gave him a very positive mention. I didn’t catch his bumper 3rd back in March, but upon watching the replay after reading her comments, the horse did shaped rather well under Tom Scu, travelling neatly for most of the race before running out of puff late on what looked to be pretty dismal ground. Related to Captain Chris, Le Frank was a bit of a shell at Newcastle on debut, but you’d expect him to present himself as a little more physically grown up 260 days on. His trainer has made a solid start to the season and the yard boasts a decent record with runners here.
Vertigo, Cape Hideaway - I’m struggling to envisage either of these two being out of the first three, so why not back both? Could be way off, but they’re going to stay very well and that should count for a lot on today’s heavy ground…. we’ll see how they go.
Born For War, Shanroe Saint - May not be the strongest of races. Born For War appears to be very much a soft ground operator in the making and should go well after a while off with a nice profile and two promising runs in bumpers coming into this. I don’t really know why Shanroe Saint is quite as big a price as he is, Ben Case is a good trainer and while his 5yo has to improve a good deal to figure in a warm race, he has a good platform to build on from PTPs and two fair runs over hurdles to date and who knows, perhaps this return to two miles on soft ground around Warwick may be just what he needs! A shot in the dark for sure, but he might run well.
Lady Karina - Venetia hasn't been quite as potent as she tends to be in November thus far, hopefully this unexposed mare can help in setting up a strong finish to the month. I will certainly be hoping to have her runners on side in the coming days with so much rain in the forecasts.
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