Through The Card: Sedgefield, Thursday February 23

There is racing from Sedgefield on Thursday
There is racing from Sedgefield on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Sedgefield on Thursday.

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14:10 - The maiden STRAIT RUN (7) may not be one for the mortgage but the fact he went clear by around five lengths before faltering late on here last time suggests he can win off this mark of 77. Dark And Dangerous has gone up a further 6 lb for beating him last time but should go well again, while Astrum is on a workable mark if a short break has done him some good, though his temperament is questionable. Stilo Blue Native has been well backed this morning but has underperformed on his last two starts.

14:45 - Only three runners now but ON THE ROAD's (2) latest Lingfield success was boosted by the runner-up winning next time and he's likely to take a bit of stopping in a race where his rivals all have a bit to prove. Donald McCain's horses are in fine fettle at present and his Whitsundays wasn't disgraced on his chase debut nearly 10 months ago and could be a bigger danger than Coole Charmer, for all that Neil Mulholland's charge should be at home on this track.

15:20 - Mr Clarkson, who can have his latest effort excused having made a bad early mistake (bit reported to have slipped through mouth), is respected, while Louis Vac Pouch crucially settled better when opening his hurdles account at Southwell last month, his jumping also proving a catalyst to an improved showing. However, the value might lie with CRACKDELOUST (3) who was well-backed at Newcastle a week ago and was in the process of running well when a bad mistake stopped his momentum. His trainer sponsors some of today's card and it's worth taking the hint.

15:55 - Tim Vaughan has his horses in great nick at present CHAKISTO (3) was an impressive winner over hurdles at Newcastle last time and is potentially well treated back over fences; he looks banker material. Bandol has taken well to this sphere, winning two of his four starts, and is feared most on debut for Simon West, though the money for Roxyfet this morning could prove significant.

16:30 - KAUTO RIKO (3) and Bell Weir head the betting and it would be a surprise if one of them didn't win. Preference at the prices is for Kauto Riko who has been a much-improved performer this season and won with something in hand at Catterick last time. He has a 7 lb penalty to carry but is fancied to defy it and continue his winning run. Bell Weir made an encouraging debut for new connections earlier this month when given plenty to do by his jockey; Henry Brooke takes over today.

17:05 - It hasn't clicked over fences for Newton Abbot hurdles winner BANNY'S LAD (2) yet, but his mark reflects that, and, as a three-time point winner, he can win this assuming the market speaks in his favour. King of The Dark will likely polarise the opinion of punters (28-length winner here in atrocious conditions 12 days ago but that race fell apart) under a penalty, with The Omen another to consider given his trainer's good form.


Placepot permutation:

14:10 - 7
14:45 - 2
15:20 - 3
15:55 - 3
16:30 - 3
17:05 - 2

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