2m½f Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3) (Class 1)
This rescheduled renewal of the Betfair Hurdle looks pretty special with plenty of unexposed horses in the race. Some of the big fancies are quite short for this though and I like one at a slightly bigger price in MILKWOOD, who was badly hamped on his last appearance back over this course back in November where he seemed to really apreciate the Newbury straight.
He races off the same mark of 141 which looks pretty lenient considering he finished a length behind Buzz in the Welsh Chamion Hurdle won by Sceau Royale in October. He was giving the well-fancied Buzz 5lbs on that occassion, but he has a 16lbs swing with him now.
This strong travelling type will enjoy the better ground and he looks to have the right mix of class and weight. Milkwood always seems to put himself into the frame and his trainer, Neil Mulholland, will hope he’s still ahead of the handicapper.
1pt each-way Milkwood @14/1, 15:35 Newbury, Sunday (1-7, 1/5 various)
SOARING GLORY has to have a huge chance at 8/1 off a mark of 133, after beating the 150 rated Bravemansgame in October and running Nicky Henderson’s now sidelined hype horse for the Supreme, Dusart, close in November. Dusart and Bravemansgame could both be 160s horses in time which stands those runs out as classy form and gives Soaring Glory plenty of room to improve his mark. Clearly, he wasn’t at his best at Ascot in soft ground last time and his pedigree and from suggest decent ground is what he wants, so he can bounce back.
1pt each-way Soaring Glory @8/1, 15:35 Newbury, Sunday (1-5, 1/5 Unibet)Leave a comment