They go off seven times at Ludlow on Thursday for a handy-looking jumps card running from 14:25 to 17:50.
The penultimate contest at 17:20 carries Betfred’s Extra Place offer, with three places being paid instead of two, but we have looked elsewhere for our selections.
Instead, Cartonne in the 15:00 and Espoir De Teillee in the 17:50 are both fancied, while Jacks Profit looks like a real contender in the opener.
Ludlow Betting Tips:
- 14:25 Ludlow – Jacks Profit @ 9/4
- 15:00 Ludlow – Cartonne @ 2/1
- 17:50 Ludlow – Espoir De Teillee @ EVS
14:25 Ludlow – Jacks Profit @ 9/4
Jacks Profit was a C&D winner over the same 2m trip afforded to the opener on March 2 and demonstrated his versatility by backing it up on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
The signs are good for a hat-trick victory, with David Evans’ colt still receiving 10lb from most of his rivals due to being a four-year-old and there is no reason why he cannot continue his form here.
Welsh Charger, whom he beat at this course at the start of the month, is back in his sights, but Alastair Ralph will be hoping his runner can turn the tables from that recent defeat.
Meanwhile, Warren Greatrex’s Gallopade, who was third on that day, is also in the field and deserves respect but will need to show better jumping under Harry Cobden.
15:00 Ludlow – Cartonne @ 2/1
Donald McCain’s Cartonne is another entrant at Ludlow spying a hat-trick and should again have enough on Thursday.
A pair of Musselburgh successes under claiming rider Theo Gillard have seen him get off the mark for his career.
Gavin Sheehan takes over here following a decent last fortnight that, at the time of writing, has seen him win five of 29 rides for a 17 per cent strike rate.
Cartonne defied an 8lb rise to win that most recent success at Musselburgh and his 6lb lift here should not prove too challenging to master for a horse who still has plenty of potential to explore.
Zestful Hope has won twice at Hereford this season and deserves respect, but he needs a good run after finishing eighth at Ascot last month. Fire Dancer is another who could go well, having been a C&D winner here over 2m4f before being pulled up at Cheltenham later in January.
17:50 Ludlow – Espoir De Teillee @ EVS
Espoir De Teillee has taken time to settle into chasing but a win in February at Leicester made up for unseating his rider at Haydock earlier in the month.
That was the 11-year-old’s sixth win from 22 runs under rules and this is a good test of his credentials, as he reopposes the second in that Haydock win, Envious Editor.
Due Reward may also be worth a look following a second on his penultimate start under rules, which also proved to be his final outing for Charlie Longsdon before switching to Kelly Morgan.
However, that win for Espoir De Teillee sets him apart, while George Cowley’s 7lb claim is another positive.
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