Alan didn't have the best the best of luck with his selections yesterday as his best bet was pulled up early and his each way selection obviously finished fourth. Today he has two more at Huntingdon and Carlisle...
"He is still relatively unexposed for his age, and a sharp track like Huntigdon and quick ground should play to his strengths"
Harry Whittington's charge Salto Chisco produced another gutsy performance to finish 4th at Bangor last time out. It was a strongly run race, where the nine-year-old travelled very well and was still there with every chance jumping three out, but on the day he just wasn't able to pick up as well as the eventual 1st and 2nd. He is still relatively unexposed for his age, and a sharp track like Huntingdon and quick ground should play to his strengths. He has dropped to a winnable mark again now running today off just a pound higher than a Fakenham win last October.
There are a couple of interesting contenders in this small field, Jackthejourneyman has to come into calculations, he won this contest last year from a five pound higher mark. Last year though he had the benefit of a prep run, this time he has been out since July and needs to improve on his more recent efforts if he is to win this again. I fear Britanio Bello a bit more, he has some decent form over hurdles but he hasn't proved himself over fences. However, he is lightly raced and capable of better from this mark but I think Salto Chisco will get the better of both of them today.
This Class 2 Handicap Hurdle has attracted a decent field to Carlise and Philip Hobbs has every chance of taking this with Westend Story. It wasn't that long ago that his charge finished around three lengths behind the excellent Ballyandy in the Champion Bumper and if transferring anything like that form to hurdles he could be thrown in here off just 124. It's not often the Hobbs team frequent Carlisle from their Somerset base, but when they do they tend to do well, his only runner here over the last 12 months won and this is his only runner at the track today.
He has been expensive to follow having failed to make the most of three seemingly good opportunities in maiden hurdle events, on each occasion being sent off a short favourite, but he's a classy horse who has the potential to do so much better in handicaps and off today's mark. He goes well fresh and with Richard Johnson in the plate, its time to put those maiden defeats behind him and start to produce the sort of run he is more than capable of delivering.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): +29.15 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 pts
Returned: 5.8 pts