With the National Hunt season getting well underway, punters will be treated for the first time tomorrow to some fantastic action, including some top horses who are sure to light up the racecourse throughout the next 6 months.
William Hill – Download The App Hurdle (Listed)
Kempton Park hosts William Hill Jump Sunday, which will see a clash between two of the Champion Hurdle’s leading hopes, THE NEW ONE and Rock On Ruby.
Jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies will ride the 5-year-old once again, in a race that is over a shorter distance than all of his previous hurdle runs to date.
Ladbrokes offer the best price of 8/13 for the favourite, whose trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies believes he is a very strong prospect for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
He is likely to improve once again and beat the now sublime hurdler, My Tent Or Yours over 2m in a bumper 18 months ago.
Rock On Ruby can never be ruled out though and with the experience of a Champion Hurdle Victory two years ago, he is sure to put pressure on the hot favourite.
He didn’t have enough to beat Hurricane Fly last year, however this could be the race he needs to set him up for the big one.
The 2010 winner of this, Australia Day is currently 25/1 with BetVictor and will have plenty to do to match the two favourites. He will certainly ensure that it is ran at a fast pace though, as well as making it a tough race.
William Hill – On Your Mobile Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)
The other listed race is the Novice Hurdle and John Ferguson’s Sea Lord is in search of a sixth straight win. He is ever-improving and already has a win under his belt at this grade.
He was beaten by today’s opponent Life And Soul in April, however has improved dramatically since and can certainly make a very bold bid in this one.
The short odds of 8/13 with Ladbrokes may put off punters, who may well be edged towards a value bet for Azure Fly or Life And Soul.
The former won both of his previous two runs in fine style and although this is harder, the useful novice is sure to give a good account. Many leading firms are offering a best price of 4/1 for Charlie Longsdon’s 5-year-old.
The latter had very useful form before a poor latest run, and a return to that form may well see a bold bid from him.
Duroble Man and Town Mouse meet once again in the first race, after the former finished 12 lengths behind Neil King’s 5-year-old at Market Rasen. That result may well be reversed here, whilst Aldopicgros will look to win his first race over hurdles.
Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets will make his chase debut in the 2.45, following a decent hurdles career which has seen him win 4 races. He won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham less than a year ago and if he jumps to the best of his ability, he should most definitely win this one.
Gary and Jamie Moore will be hoping that Be All Man can run similarly to Sire De Grugy, who won this race for the pair last year. However, Turn Over Sivola has 3 wins and looks the favourites most dangerous challenger.
Kim Bailey’s newcomer, Highrate is sure to run well in the 3.50, as is Sadler’s Star, who will be rode my champion jockey, A P McCoy. Western King and Green Bank are two more who represent good value.
Cap Elorn has won 4 in a row now and BetVictor are valuing him at 5/2 to make it a fifth straight win in the 5 o’clock. This is a higher level so the favourite will definitely have to be at his best, whilst Alfraamsey also makes strong appeal.
Howlongisafoot cannot be ignored in the final race of the day, having won both a point and bumper, so the 5/2 odds look fair. Others to consider are Evan Williams’ Mr Moss and Mick Channon’s Warden Hill.
Other horse racing is available on Sunday from Bath, Cork and Naas, in what is a relatively quiet day for the sport.
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