After successfully landing the Navan preview and syndicate, I am back to preview tomorrow’s card at Sedgefield. I have attached the Colossus syndicate ticket at the bottom if you’d like to contribute.
Leg 1: (12.30 - Sky Sports Racing Mares' Novices' Hurdle)
A competitive opener with the vote in favour of BALLYCALLAN FLAME. The daughter of Fame And Glory created an excellent impression on stable debut when defying overlooked odds of 125/1 to score by 23-lengths. She seemed to benefit from positive tactics deployed by Charlie Hammond that day and, with clear claims on form, she is the horse to beat.
LADY BOWES looks a solid alternative. She has plenty of useful form on soft-to-heavy ground and returned a convincing winner at Hexham last time despite doing what plenty wrong. If connections have ironed out her jumping and she learns to settle better, she could follow-up.
Verdict: BALLYCALLAN FLAME, LADY BOWES
Leg 2: (13.00 - Watch Off The Fence On attheraces.com Handicap Chase)
A chance is taken on the well-treated DUBAI ANGEL, who made a respectable start for this yard when fourth in novice handicap chase at Newcastle on return. He boasts excellent form figures in this grade and, if able to build on that here, looks dangerous to dismiss, while SCOTTISH ACCENT can be expected to be in the firing line.
Verdict: DUBAI ANGEL, SCOTTISH ACCENT
Leg 3: (13.30 - Subscribe To attheraces On YouTube Handicap Hurdle)
OSCARS LEADER has vastly-improved since the application of a visor was applied, winning twice from the front in February. He’s found one too good in a couple of handicaps since and was far from disgraced when third last time out. From a 1Ib lower mark, another bold bid looks on the cards.
MARTINHAL showed an ultra-tough attitude to open his account last time and the form received a significant boost from the third, Gladiateur Allen, who scored impressively last weekend. He’s fancied to run a big race on handicap debut with conditions to suit.
Verdict: OSCARS LEADER, MARTINHAL
Leg 4: (14.00 - Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Limited Handicap Chase)
Donald McCain could hold the key to this race saddling both GAELIK COAST and HEARTBREAK KID. The firstly-named participant was a dual novice hurdle winner last term and having made a successful chase debut, he then chased home some useful sorts the next twice. The top-weight has to be respected back on handicap company under Brian Hughes.
His stablemate, HEARTBREAK KID, is two from two at this track and made a pleasing chase debut at Carlisle 64 days ago when second to the highly-promising Cheddleton. Furthermore, Theo Gillard takes off a handy 7Ib and, with more to come, this six-year-old has excellent claims.
Verdict: GAELIK COAST, HEARTBREAK KID
Leg 5: (14.30 - Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle)
Several of these can be considered but preference is for SHERIFF GARRETT who bolted up from only a 2Ib higher mark two-years ago at Hexham. The seven-year-old has been lightly-raced since, but has run two good races at this track in defeat previously, notably when second back in 2018 from a 9Ib higher mark and fourth over C&D from a 2Ib higher mark. He has been eased a couple of pounds by the handicapper and should be very competitive here.
CASH AGAIN bounced back to form to gain a first-success in a long time on similar ground here in December. He’s not certain to follow-up but merits consideration for place purposes.
Verdict: SHERIFF GARRETT, CASH AGAIN
Leg 6: (15.00 - Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Chase)
It’s hard to resist the claims of the hat-trick seeking SIGURD despite being hit with a hefty rise for his easy success last time out. Even so, he still looks capable of going well again with Brian Hughes in the saddle and should at the very least reach the frame.
DERRICK D’ANJOU has been there or thereabouts from higher marks previously and sits 2Ib below his last winning mark. He arrives in good nick following a couple of decent runs in defeat in a pair of jumpers’ bumper events recently and is an outsider who could run better than his current price suggests.
Verdict: SIGURD, DERRICK D’ANJOU