Through The Card: Ludlow, Wednesday 6 February

Horse jumping a hurdle
There's jumps action at Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon

Timeform take you through the card at Ludlow on Wednesday...

"..he looks to have been given a chance by the handicapper back over fences, for a yard that's in fine form."

Timeform on Henryville

13:40 - DORKING BOY (5) was set a particularly still task on his hurdling debut in a Grade 2 at Chepstow back in October, and though he was seventh of eight that day, it's plausible that he could well have needed the run. Granted, the fact that we haven't seen him since means that he could well need this run too, but he was fairly useful in bumpers, and it's interesting to see him well supported in the market this morning. Some Boy Mccoy shaped with encouragement on hurdling debut at Fakenham last month, and heads the dangers with improvement on the cards.

14:10 - STYLE DE GARDE (1) is a risky proposition, given that he is a short price and yet currently has a Timeform squiggle attached to his rating. Indeed, he refused to race at Hereford two starts ago in December, but he ran his best race back over hurdles when second at Taunton last time out, and provided he's in the right mood, he sets a clear standard in this on form and is more than capable of conceding weight to his three rivals. Charming Zen and chase newcomer Louis' Vac Pouch can fight it out for second.

14:45 - BONZA GIRL (8) has been a revelation in handicap company in four starts so far this season, progressing again to bring up the four-timer at Lingfield at the beginning of last month. She was suited by the longer trip that day, meaning that staying over this distance should help her, particularly when you consider that she should stay further yet. Raised 6 lb for her most recent success, there's no reason why she won't make another bold bid to win again. Outofthisworld lost little in defeat despite returning a beaten odds-on favourite at Fontwell last time, and heads the dangers on her first start in handicap company for a top yard.

15:15 - In an open contest, it may be worth siding with HENRYVILLE (1). Switched to the Peter Bowen yard over the summer, he was too free with his usual hood left off on his reappearance over hurdles at Chepstow in December, finishing ninth, though the ground was no good to him as soft as it was. He in all likely hood needed and had that run to bring him on, and provided he's fresher for that outing, he looks to have been given a chance by the handicapper back over fences, for a yard that's in fine form. Gortroe Joe will be dangerous if his jumping holds up, whilst Deadly Approach goes well here and is entitled to build on his Haydock third last month.

15:45 - VIA DELLE VOLTE (1) has caught the eye in two starts since switching to this sphere and to the Tom Lacy yard, scoring on debut at Doncaster in December, before improving on that to finishing an excellent second in a listed contest at the same track last time out. She tanked through most of the race that day before making a mistake at the last, and gave the impression that she would prove the best of those she faced. Returned to calmer waters, she's the standout on form, and is fancied to concede weight all round and make her tally 2-3 in this sphere. French Flat recruit Miranda, Golden Image and Lady Cylla head up the dangers.

16:20 - ROAD TO ROME (2) has been in fine form in two starts since switching to J. J. O'Shea, improving again to complete a double over C&D last month. Now qualified for the Cheltenham Foxhunter, it would be no surprise should he continue to improve in this sphere, and he's fancied to pick this up on his way to a tilt at the spring festivals. Always on The Run could be the main danger ahead of Marinero.

16:50 - MORNING VICAR (10) showed plenty to work with when third on his hurdling debut at Newbury in November, shaping as if needing the run after seven months off that day. He's already landed a bumper in his short career and looks set for more success in this sphere, too. Est Illic, Diomede des Mottes and Blackjack Kentucky head the list of dangers.

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