Rhys Williams returns with his best bets for Wednesday's racing, focusing on the opener at Ludlow...
"He's got the physique to be a jumper and he looks more likely to transfer the ability that he showed on the flat to jumping than some of his rivals."
Showed ability on the flat in France
Scots Gold heads the market for the opening juvenile hurdle at Ludlow and he's run well on both hurdling starts but that form hardly sets an insurmountable standard and there are a couple of hurdling newcomers who I think could be capable of challenging him.
Allset ran seven times on the flat in France for Christophe Ferland and showed a good level of ability while being a bit inconsistent. After a disappointing debut, blinkers were swiftly reached for and he ran well on his second start at Lyon and again at the same track two starts later when caught late on.
He was well beaten back on the turf at Compiegne in a claimer but that was on very testing ground and it was likely still softer than ideal for him at Tarbes when running better on his next outing.
He improved on that form when winning a claimer at La Teste very comfortably on his final start in France with the headgear taken off. Having been a bit awkwardly away from the stalls he was pushed into the lead and was never headed after, drawing clear of the opposition from two furlongs out and never being in danger after.
Allset was initially claimed for €15,506 to join Charlie Mann but was then sold following his retirement for £40,000 to Evan Williams.
He's got the physique to be a jumper and he looks more likely to transfer the ability that he showed on the flat to jumping than some of his rivals.
As he was frequently ridden handily on the flat I would hope that such tactics will be repeated today and if he jumps adequately then I think he's capable of challenging the favourite. I would have him second favourite and any 4/1 or bigger appeals.
Jumping type on physique
Mister Allegro's form on the flat was some way short of what many of his rivals achieved but he looks the type to improve for the switch to hurdling and, as a result, I think the market has underestimated him.
He showed ability on the all weather towards the back end of last season before being bought for 13,000gns to join Anthony Honeyball.
He ran well on his first start for Honeyball at Chepstow while looking a bit short of speed but he's finished well beaten on both starts since. However, one of those was in very testing ground at Windsor and on the other at Bath he looked uncomfortable on the bend so there are excuses for those performances.
It may be that this track is sharper than ideal for Mister Allegro or that he will be better down the line in handicaps but given the potential for improvement I think he's overpriced a little and any 20/1 or bigger appeals.
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