Through The Card: Fontwell, Friday April 29

There is jumps racing from Fontwell on Friday evening
There is jumps racing from Fontwell on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the evening card at Fontwell on Friday.



"Fourth on his yard/chasing debut, he made the necessary improvement to get off the mark next time..."

16:50 - Shaddaii was a good winner on his return from nearly two years off the track at Huntingdon in February and, entitled to improve for the outing, he ran an even better race on the figures when second in his follow-up bid at Chepstow the following month. A fair performer in bumpers, he produced a career-best in defeat over hurdles last time and, with 6 lb to spare over his rivals on Timeform ratings, Shaddaii is fancied to continue his progression with another win here. Centreofexcellence remains open to more improvement and is also considered for Placepot purposes after a decisive victory at Wincanton.

17:25 - Devil To Pay's form figures aren't the most inspiring and, yet to complete in two starts over fences, he has a 7 lb higher mark than last time to contend with here. However, he earned that rating with a creditable effort in a better race than this at Kempton in February, likely to finish placed at the very least when falling at the last. His unfortunate departure shouldn't detract from his performance there and, given time to recover after his second tumble in as many starts this season, Devil To Pay looks sure to be competitive dropped back into this grade.

17:55 - Master of Speed had some fairly useful form to his name in five starts on the Flat for Roger Varian and looked unsuited by the heavy ground on his hurdling debut at Sandown in January. His hurdling was far from fluent on that occasion, but he should prove better with that initial experience under his belt and it should be noted that he was well-backed to make a winning start for his new connections. Master of Speed can justify their faith with victory on his return to a quicker surface here and is expected to have too much pace for the improving Ebadani.

18:30 - Mercers Court made several mistakes when fifth on his chasing debut at Doncaster, but he is a former winner between the flags and put up a far more accomplished performance when opening his account in this sphere at Huntingdon last month. He didn't have a whole lot to beat that day with the odds-on favourite seemingly well below par, but he could no more than win on the bridle and looks to hold better claims than most with the Placepot in mind. He is joined by Somchine, who is a winner round here and fared okay when third in a better race than this at Wincanton last time.

19:00 - Banyu made the most of a lenient opening mark when successful on his handicap debut at Perth last week and connections have wisely taken the decision to turn him out quickly under a 7 lb penalty, with a significant hike in the weights sure to be imminent. Second behind a subsequent winner on his penultimate start at Taunton, he jumped with far more accuracy when making all for a decisive victory on his most recent start and, although his best form to date has come on right-handed tracks, a reproduction of that effort should be good enough to see Banyu follow up here. Maestro Royal chased home a well-handicapped rival last time and is feared most.

19:35 - Broome Lane is a confident selection in the final leg of the Placepot, an easy winner on just his second start over fences a week ago and open to more improvement for new connections. Winless in six starts over hurdles for his previous yard, he acquitted himself well in two runs between the flags prior to joining Tim Vaughan and the trainer wasted no time in sending his new recruit over fences. Fourth on his yard/chasing debut, he made the necessary improvement to get off the mark next time and the manner of that victory suggests a 7 lb penalty might not be enough to stop Broome Lane going in again here.

20:05 - Stamp Your Feet wouldn't have been out of place in a race like the Derby on breeding, but instead finds himself in the care of a top jumps yard and he made a pleasing introduction in this sphere when third at Southwell in February. He is entitled to come on for that initial racecourse outing and, with trainer Tom George in fine form at present (three winners from last eight runners), Stamp Your Feet is fancied to open his account under rules in a tricky conclusion to the card.

Recommendations:

Back Master of Speed in the 17:55 at Fontwell
Back Banyu in the 19:00 at Fontwell

Placepot permutation:
16:50 - 4, 12
17:25 - 1
17:55 - 11
18:30 - 1, 4
19:00 - 2
19:35 - 3
= 4 lines

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