With Worcester's Placepot containing both a hunter and a bumper, Sedgefield is a natural choice for today's perm...
"Beeves would normally be one to try and oppose at odds on, but with his bumper win so encouraging and opposition in this so thin on the ground he has to go in."
18:00 - The quartet of Sud Pacifique, Ivan Vasilevich, Bellapais Abbey and Seren Gris dominate the market, and with good reason in terms of form whether it be on the Flat or over hurdles. The last two named both carry penalties for winning weak races, so we can quickly whittle it down to two market leaders. Take both if you wish, but there's every reason to think Ivan Vasilevich will have the wherewithal to do himself justice first time up over hurdles, useful on the Flat now with a trainer who comes to life during the summer in Tim Vaughan, so he's a banker for us.
18:30 - This is a more competitive race than might be expected for a summer beginner's chase, in terms of both numbers and quality. If we could take clear top-rated Flinty Bay's fitness and jumping on trust then he'd be a banker, but neither are guaranteed so we'll have to reach for some insurance. With few experienced or reliable enough, Fill The Power looks the most solid candidate. He's a chasing debutant, but he boasts the physique of one who'll do well over fences, while his hurdles form isn't as patchy as his form figures might imply- he found himself over-faced on a number of occasions in the second half of last season.
19:00 - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Hurdling debutant Beeves would normally be one to try and oppose at odds on, but with his bumper win so encouraging and opposition in this so thin on the ground he has to go in. It's probably also worth throwing in Swaledale Lad, another bumper winner who has been runner-up on both starts over timber, in the hope of a shock as much as anything else.
19:30 - Early market vibes would suggest that Dessie Gray is thought better than a BHA mark of 70, but then again we've seen absolutely zilch to support such a view so can't take the risk. A much more justifiable gamble is represented by Destiny Blue, who's thrown in on his Flat form and will be getting his first chance away from testing ground here; his quirks are also negated to an extent as we require only a place. Tinseltown is clearly in decent heart and was runner-up in a good race for the grade at Wetherby last time, so he's as solid a backup as any.
20:00 - There's a case for saying the market leaders, Kent Street and Border Reiver, are there to be shot at in this handicap, the former with something to find on form and the latter one to be wary of on the whole. Karingreason has been holding his form well of late and is an obvious Placepot selection, especially if the field size remains at eight. Should one drop out, though, you may want to shore up with Peachey Moment; he was progressive around this time last year and is back under suitable conditions on his return from a break.
20:30 - A poor race to finish with. It's no coincidence that, the more one looks at it, the more appealing professional loser Ice Image becomes. He continues to slide in the weights despite regularly making the frame and all we ask is that he can do it again in this substandard contest. Ginger's Lad is a bit more consistent than his conqueror last time, Arumun, and with him also having recent course form he gets the nod for our second spot.
18.00 - 9
18.30 - 3, 4
19.00 - 2, 10
19.30 - 3, 7
20.00 - 5
20.30 - 4, 5
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