Ludlow Placepot: Wednesday January 30

Today's Placepot attempt comes from Ludlow

Tony McFadden is glad to see the national hunt action return and he attempts to scoop the Placepot at Ludlow...

Angles Hill sets a fairly high standard based on his effort in a competitive Cheltenham handicap and it is well worth forgiving him for his subsequent flop...

13:40- Useful on the Flat for Clive Cox, Little Dutch Girl showed plenty of ability on her first start over hurdles for Nicky Henderson, finishing third in what may turn out to be quite a strong juvenile event at Doncaster. She appeared to know her job pretty well on that occasion, travelling well for much of the way, and she looks sure to go close here.

14:10- The Venetia Williams-trained Sustainability rattled up a four-timer in handicap hurdles last season and appears to have taken well to chasing, winning his latest start at Newbury. That handicap victory marks him down as one of the main protagonists on form and he looks capable of running well for a yard that continues to churn out winners.

14:40- Annaluna probably doesn't have too much in hand over the handicapper, but she is a thorough stayer who often hits the frame and she appeals as a good Placepot type. Both On The Off Chance and Brockwell Park remain open to significant improvement but we will instead opt for one likely to be carrying fewer lines in the shape of the Claire Dyson-trained Qualitee. Jumping has often let her down over fences, but she ran well over hurdles on her penultimate start, possibly not seeing out the extended three miles, and today's contest may see her in a better light. 

15:10- A winner on one occasion over hurdles, Rydalis stepped up her game to score on her chasing debut, beating another of today's rivals, Addiction, into second place. The way in which Venetia Williams' charge travelled and jumped during that race indicates that she may well make a better chaser than a hurdler and she is worth following while her stable remain in such good form. For a bit of insurance, we will also include Quinte du Chateltet. David Pipe's runner is becoming well handicapped on the best of his form and shaped nicely at Exeter last time, possibly finding it too much of a test. He is becoming one to be interested in and we will keep him on our side.

15:40- Not the easiest race to assess but the first horse we will turn to is Nowurhurlin. It is slightly disconcerting that all of his best efforts have come at Carlisle, but the level of form he has produced there makes him of interest. He is no banker, however, so Drussell is also included having made a winning start on his first run for Martin Bosley.

16:10- Angles Hill sets a fairly high standard based on his effort in a competitive Cheltenham handicap and it is well worth forgiving him for his subsequent flop. Given a short break since, he should be capable of bouncing back and will be our sole selection in the final leg.

13:40- 9
14:10- 7
14:40- 7, 9
15:10- 1, 6
15:40- 2, 4
16:10- 1
= 8 lines

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