On a quiet Tuesday, at least on the racing front, Huntingdon hosts a six-race card – and I’ve got a couple of tips for the occasion.
Starting with Sarah Humphrey’s LE TUEUR in the 0-100 novices’ handicap chase that opens the meeting at 1.30.
Despite being eight years old, the son of Flemensfirth is on the improve. He absolutely bolted up by 20L off a mark of 88 at Huntingdon earlier this month before another facile success at Fakenham when upped 7lbs. That was arguably a career-best performance.
He’s only been raised 3lbs for that win 11 days ago and retains the partnership with 7lb claimer Jay Tidball.
So, when factoring in the jockey’s claim he’s only 3lbs higher than when he begun his winning sequence at the start of the season which must give him a major chance in this race providing it doesn’t come too soon.
His trainer is in superb form, operating at a 75% strike rate with three wins from her last four runners, which only adds to my confidence.
Later on, at 3.00, there’s a 2m maiden hurdle for which I advise taking a chance on STATE OF BLISS.
The five-year-old hasn’t jumped a hurdle in public yet, but this is a modest race and this son of Gleneagles was once rated as high as 92 on the Flat.
The main danger posed from his eight rivals is the in-form Gary Moore’s Tenfold. However, the booking of a 10lb claimer who’s ridden just 12 horses in his career is a concern.
I wouldn’t put anyone off Jack The Savage either, but the rest are uninspiring and I’d imagine connections would be fairly disappointed if State Of Bliss was incapable of at least going very close in this.
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