Mary has good claims from the front in mares' event
Back Ballybough Mary @ 3/1 in the 14:37 at Leicester
Another one-two for the column yesterday, and rather annoyingly the bigger priced selection Readysteadybeau won at 10.09/1, but Nate The Great couldn't get past the winner at Kempton and went down by a neck last night. That's a 1-2 and 1-3 this week, with the shorter odds runner letting us down.
Thursday is a day chocked full of jumping action, and I am going with Nigel Twiston Davies-trained Ballybough Mary in quite a competitive mares' hurdle race.
Her nearest market opponent is likely to be Love Envoi of Harry Fry, but I tend to avoid Fry's runners purely on the basis his horses go off far too short in the betting, and I can see his mare getting backed here.
Hopefully there'll be a drift on Ballybough Mary. She won a Hereford bumper last term in a good time last winter from the front and proved to be game and tenacious. Front-runners at Leicester are a must for me and Sam Twiston-Davies is clued-up around this track as he took the wide route last month when he won making the pace on Robinshill.
Ballybough Mary bombed out on her last run at Sandown, but that effort was too bad to be true and she is surely better than that. Her dam is related to Gold Cup winner Synchronised, so today's new distance of 2m4f should be well within range for her hurdling debut.
Jony can run to the max at Wincanton
Back Jony Max @
Evens in the 15:15 at Wincanton
With ground on the quicker side on the chase course (some firm in the description at the time of writing), it looks a good opportunity for Jony Max to gain his first ever win. And a horse chasing his maiden success is in the right race here - as one of the opponents is Bomber's Moon. He hasn't won in 20 attempts.
The selection is trained by Christian Williams, and at least he is unexposed over fences in comparison to his rivals.
He ran into a previous winner at Warwick in September in the shape of Pens Man over 2m4f where he made the running. A repeat of those tactics would be a good idea today.
His latest start was at Wincanton upped to 3m1f for the first time, and he seemed to get the trip well with a game effort behind a bang in-form O'Faolains Lad, and that was a reasonably competitive race for the grade. Crucially, the ground was quick that day, and with these unseasonal conditions, not many are able to give their true running.
My Lady Grey will be a serious rival too in the betting, but she doesn't win often and Jony Max can certainly win off 95 under Jack Tudor and looks worth a go over 3m3f today.