Here are tomorrow’s five selections.
THOSE TIGER FEET (12.35 Ayr, 1pt win @3/1)
Kim Bailey has his string in good form and David Bass is riding better then ever which bodes well for THOSE TIGER FEET, who is 2-2 on seasonal debut and remains low mileage over hurdles. On the form available, he’s achieved a lot more than the remainder of the field and his time-figures/RPR ratings back that up by some margin. He handles soft ground really well and the form of his win when beating Guardia Top, who is rated 110-plus makes him an appealing bet given none of this field is rated above 104. He was last seen when third in a better race than this and with David Bass coming here for the one ride and cheek-pieces applied which should prove beneficial, this improving sort should make a bold bid and make Kim Bailey’s long travel (only runner on the card) worthwhile.
HAPPY HOLLOW (13.10 Ayr, 0.5pts each-way @12/1)
HAPPY HOLLOW looks interesting on hurdles debut, who was unbeaten in three bumpers back in 2016, beating Cheltenham Festival winner, Mister Whitaker, on one occasion. That is strong form in the contest of tomorrow’s event and he resumed from an 1627 day-absence with an encouraging fourth on the flat last month to demonstrate he retains his ability. He will strip fitter from that outing, so there’s a strong suspicion that he could go really well with a clear round and is worth chancing at the prices against the favourite.
TIDAL FLOW (13.55 Bangor, 0.5pts each-way @5/1)
Boldmere clearly has valid claims and looks the main danger, but a similar mould can be applied to the Philip Hobbs-trained TIDAL FLOW, who was a promising novice chaser last term, winning twice, and shaped well for a long way when third at Newton Abbot on his return to action. He will appreciate this longer trip and his proven form under similar conditions to what he’ll encounter here looks good, especially his comfortable nine-length victory over Moonlighter at Stratford on his penultimate outing. The runner-up has boosted the form significantly by nearly landing the Grade Two Haldon Gold Cup on his reappearance last week. In conclusion, this seven-year-old has plenty going for him, ticks plenty of boxes and I’d make him much shorter than his current odds suggest.
TEDHAM (14.36 Exeter, 0.5pts each-way @8/1)
A fascinating event with a chance taken on TEDHAM, who represents a yard in such good form. He was a very useful hurdler who won well at Wincanton early last year and ran well in strong company thereafter, most notably at Cheltenham and Aintree before finishing an excellent third in a Grade Three at Haydock from a mark of 130. He was arguably unlucky when badly hampered when favourite for the Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick when last seen and will make his chase debut from a lenient-looking mark of 131 with ideal conditions. He’s likely to appreciate a set of fences here with proven capabilities of defying this sort of mark at this level, so I’m convinced he will go close with a clear round. James Bowen takes the ride, which is another recognisable positive and this six-year-olds price looks overly inflated.
MINT CONDITION (15.33 Bangor, 1pt win @2/1)
MINT CONDITION confirmed the promise of his previous excellent runs in defeat behind quality opposition when an easy winner over C&D a fortnight ago in a good time for the grade and, on that evidence, he looks more than capable of defying his 8Ib rise in the weights with conditions to suit.