Timeform head to Ludlow in their search for Placepot glory on Wednesday...
"C&D winner Kings Apollo shaped quite a bit better than the distance he was beaten at Exeter last time, having previously looked a highly progressive type..."
14:10 - We kick off proceedings with a maiden hurdle over the minimum trip and it's difficult to get away from Lochnagar on paper, who was a fairly useful performer on the flat and makes his debut for Venetia Williams, who can't go a day without having a winner currently and as a result gets the first vote. The other at longer odds is Bodega, who made a winning start in an all-weather bumper for David Evans and has shaped better than the result has suggested on a number of occasions for Ian Williams, notably last time here.
14:40 - It's a handicap hurdle over 21 furlongs up next and the first to get the vote is C&D winner Kings Apollo who shaped quite a bit better than the distance he was beaten at Exeter last time, having previously looked a highly progressive type. He had won two and filled the runner-up spot of the other of his last three starts, and is capable of regaining the winning thread here. The other to make the shortlist is Murtys Delight if capable of bouncing back from a tame effort at Huntingdon last time.
15:15 - A sole selection will suffice in this handicap chase over two miles and that comes in the shape of Lucky Sunny. He looked poised to win at Kempton last time but for falling three out, and lines up today on the same mark. Providing his jumping stands up and he's none the worse for his recent experience he holds very strong claims.
15:45 - Baltimore Rock looks the most solid option in this two-mile handicap hurdle and is the obvious place to start after opening his account at Wincanton last month. He wasn't seen to best effect at Kempton last time on his handicap bow, but has the ability to get back on track here. The other who appeals most in a race where several have questions to answer is Restless Harry, who improved to win over this trip at Southwell earlier this month and looks to be headed in the right direction.
16:15 - It's a staying handicap chase under consideration next and we will pin our hopes firmly on one horse in the shape of Milosam, who was much improved when bagging a trio of Taunton handicaps at the end of last year, finding only one too good at the same track last time. This looks a weaker contest and he should be able to make the frame at the very least.
16:45 - The final leg of today's perm is a hunters' chase and if Rob Conti is returning in the form he was in when chasing home subsequent Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Johns Spirit at Cheltenham in the autumn he will be very hard to beat. The other to get the vote is Made In Time, who won two handicap chases as a novice and was second to the classy Pearlysteps in a three-mile hunters' chase here earlier this month.
14:10 - 2,4
14:40 - 5,10
15:15 - 1
15:45 - 5,9
16:15 - 8
16:45 - 1,2
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