Through The Card: Ludlow, Wednesday January 25

There is racing from Ludlow on Wednesday
There is racing from Ludlow on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Ludlow on Wednesday.

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13:45 - BALLYMOUNTAIN BOY (1) and Oxwich Bay, the top two in the market, are both bumper winners, but the former showed narrowly the better form in that sphere (second to Neon Wolf before winning at Huntingdon on Boxing Day), and he gets the narrow vote.

14:15 - No surprise to see some good market support for BUTLERGROVE KING (7), who has been given patient hold-up rides on his first couple of starts this season. He is usually ridden more forward (bold-jumping front runner), and with his prior efforts this season likely to have put him spot on for this, it will be interesting to see if he adopts more prominent tactics today at a track he won at from just 1 lb lower last season.

14:50 - Favourite Greyed A didn't have any obvious excuses when beaten last time and could be one to take on here. CHAMPAGNE CHASER (5) is interesting on the pick of his form - notably his 10-length win at Huntingdon last season - and looks a big price if he comes on for his reappearance at Fakenham in December. JUST JOELLIOTT (6) ran well enough at Uttoxeter last time and remains lightly raced, so could go well under a talented young amateur rider.

15:25 - The consistent UN PROPHETE (7) is built to make a better chaser than hurdler, and could be on a fair mark (handicapped on hurdles form), so is worth including along with BREATH OF BLIGHTY (3), who is a point winner and should be best at this sort of trip (seemed to find the test too much over two and a half miles at Market Rasen in November).

16:00 - STAR RIDER (4) should be able to do some damage from a mark of 112 here given that she is rated 95 on the Flat (impressive winner of her last start of the season). She hasn't completely convinced with her hurdling to date in two starts, but she does have cheekpieces on today, which made plenty of difference to her on the Flat (her up turn in form came after they were applied at the end of 2015).

16:30 - CASTAFIORE (4) was still going well enough when crashing out at the last flight at Musselburgh last time against Project Bluebook, and with that one bolting up at the track since, he looks a good option here to get off the mark.


Recommendation:

Win back STAR RIDER in the 16:00

Placepot permutation:

13:45 - 1
14:15 - 7
14:50 - 5, 6
15:25 - 3, 7
16:00 - 4
16:30 - 4

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