Through The Card: Ludlow, Thursday January 19

There is racing from Ludlow on Thursday
There is racing from Ludlow on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Ludlow on Thursday.

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13:20 - AMOUR DE NUIT (1) was a stayer on the Flat (won over an extended two miles) so it was no surprise that he found two miles at Taunton a little sharp last time on his hurdling debut for Paul Nicholls. His second place finish wasn't a bad effort, however, and he won't have to improve on that effort too much to get off the mark today.

13:50 - LAND OF VIC (3) didn't look the most natural of chasers at Newbury last time, but this is a considerably easier task today and, comfortably the best of this field in terms of hurdles form, she could bounce back. PEMBA (5) was beaten before she fell last time at Newcastle but does now step back in to mares' company and has form claims on her distant second to Top Notch prior to that.

14:25 - The early support for Upsanddowns could end up proving significant, but he has a patchy overall profile and is probably not one for maximum faith. Instead of the unexposed pair of Vital Evidence and Fieldsofsilk it could be worth chancing UN ANJOU (3), who has been given a real chance by the handicapper having been dropped 5 lb in the weights following his run at Catterick last time. That was over two and a half miles, and with his best form coming over a sharp two-mile trip (including at this track) he is worth chancing with his yard going well.

15:00 - FILLE DES CHAMPS (7) seemed to relish the emphasis on stamina when getting off the mark at Ffos Las last time on heavy ground over two and a half miles. The step up in trip today should bring about even more improvement on just her third start in handicaps, and she looks a solid Placepot contender for a yard who do well at Ludlow.

15:35 - Still Believing has had plenty of goes off marks in the mid-110s, and there was an air of 'right place, right time' about her win at Cheltenham last time, so she is worth taking on from a 10 lb higher mark today. I AM COLIN (7) struggled in a better race than this at Newbury last time but should appreciate the easier fences here today and could bounce back under Zak Baker. PORT MELON (1) won on his chasing debut last season and could go well first time up again.

16:10 - Hard to look past RIVER WYLDE (1), who bolted up here before Christmas on his hurdling debut and is still well clear on adjusted ratings despite his 7 lb penalty.

Recommendation:

Win back UN ANJOU (3) in the 14:25


Placepot permutation:

13:20 - 1
13:50 - 3, 5
14:25 - 3
15:00 - 7
15:35 - 1, 7
16:10 - 1

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