14:45 Sedgefield - No bother in backing the boy
The first of two Sue Smith Sunday selections here; and Not A Bother Boy's stamina can kick in for the 14:45 - on the day's sole surviving domestic card.
He performed very well in the Lincolnshire National on his latest outing, and for a horse with only four chase runs under his belt, he can still improve from a 4lb higher mark.
The eight-year-old looks a dour stayer, and has won twice over course and distance already. His jockey Trevor Ryan claims seven pounds, and he's ridden him to both successes at the track, and hopefully they can continue their good relationship. Soft ground and a trip hold no fears.
15:15 Sedgefield - Templar can be a saint
With a name like Scimon Templar - you'd expect smooth and sophisticated style a la Roger Moore. Unfortunately the eight-year-old has proved to be a really frustrating animal.
He had plenty of size and scope when he was a raw youngster, but he never delivered with Pauline Robson, and he's now with his new trainer Rose Dobbin.
His jumping of fences has been poor, and with form figures of P49P0, I'm pleased to see him revert back to hurdling.
He stays two-and-a-half miles in deep ground, and he did battle to win a couple of Ayr races last term. He's not very reliable, and whilst I'd like to see some headgear, he could fire back over smaller obstacles.
16:20 Sedgefield - Smith's mare can show improvement
The final race at 16:20 could well be run in horrible ground, but it will not put me off backing Sue Smith's Flemerina - as she goes handicapping for the first time.
For this 0-100 Mares' Handicap Hurdle, the top two in market look beatable to me. Hatton Springs might be shorter in odds - purely on the basis of a victory last time out. That was her first success in nine attempts over hurdles.
Whilst Beyondtemptation is also prominent in the betting - yet she's only scored twice in 31 attempts.
Therefore Flemerina comes into the equation. The seven-year-old didn't show an awful lot in three spins in Novices', but there was a bit of ability last summer in a Southwell bumper - and that wouldn't have been her thing on quick ground, as she has a fairly stout pedigree.
This will be her first run in deep going, and from a mark of 86, she might just have the conditions to show herself in her best light for the first time. The slight doubt will be the break of 168 days, but this is a winnable contest.
Sunday's Recommended Bets (all selections half point)
Back Not A Bother Boy @ 7/2 Sportsbook in the 14:45 Sedgefield
Back Scimon Templar @ 13.012/1 in the 15:15 at Sedgefield
Back Flemerina @ 5.04/1 in the 16:20 at Sedgefield
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