Ludlow Placepot: Sunday April 29

Evan Williams: Has strong chances at Ludlow today

Ludlow is the sole meeting to have survived the weather in Britain today and not only is it the chosen Jackpot card, it's also the venue for Adam Brookes' placepot perm...

Evan Williams also looks like having a say in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase courtesy of the well-treated Darceys Dancer and Drumbaloo.

14:10 - Claiming hurdles are not my idea of fun but the first leg has to be navigated and for that we'll take Quarton, who usually puts up some kind of effort and shaped a bit better than the result at the track last time, Aviso, who needs to stop jumping left but has at least won at the course, and Freddy's Star, who will find this level much easier than the handicap he contested last time.

14:45 - With Domataline a non-runner the novice chase looks likely to rest between Take of Shoc's and Lucaindubai, with the useful handicap hurdler an interesting recruit to racing over the larger obstacles.

15:15 - The defection of Balding Banker, Marshal Zhukhov and Traditional Bob make the third leg a four-runner race and relying on a banker is very risky. However, with the weak-finishing Trop Fort not one to rely on, Little Fritz makes most appeal as he can probably bounce back from a recent low-key effort at Wincanton now tackling open company.

15:50 - While Evan Williams' Clarion Call is feared it would be surprising should both Brick Red, a useful Flat handicapper for Andrew Blading last year who made a bright start to his jumps career for Venetia Williams with a second at Huntingdon last month, and standard-setter One Term, the mount of Tony McCoy, fail to make the first three.

16:25 - Despite the defection of his Darceys Dancer, Evan Williams also looks like having a say in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase courtesy of Drumbaloo who has improved since joining his current yard and his second of four in a novice at Cheltenham last time was not devoid of promise. Veteran Kilcrea Asla was runner-up the only time he's been ridden by the underrated Wayne Hutchinson and the pair can go well again with the horse now just 1 lb higher than his last winning BHA mark.

17:00 - With Island Life having never been the most reliable and unseating in the Fox Hunters' at Aintree recently, the preferred banker in the sixth leg is the younger Walcot Lathyrus who has been progressing rapidly up the pointing ranks of late, winning all four completed starts.


14:10 - 3, 8, 10
14:45 - 3
15:15 - 5
15:50 - 3, 7
16:25 - 4, 9
17:00 - 5
=12 lines

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