The Molson Coors Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle is the feature affair at Huntingdon this afternoon and one horse bids to continue his progress.
Nicky Henderson unleashes CALL ME LORD and connections are likely hoping the gelding can seriously kick on this season. The four year old son of Slickly tops BTO+ ratings by a significant margin and he could be several pounds ahead of his official rating of 143. Call Me Lord racked up two victories in impressive fashion in France before he was purchased by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede and sent to Nicky Henderson's yard. The gelding made a bold impression on his debut for the Seven Barrows handler, winning a valuable juvenile handicap by three and three quarter lengths under top weight on the final day of last season at Sandown. Call Me Lord could well develop into a Grade horse later this term, especially if he wins impressively this afternoon. Henderson also means business when he sends his horses to Huntingdon and boasts a 37% better than expected win rate.
HIGH SECRET comes into the contest full of beans having run three times on the Flat in the summer. The Paul Nicholls-trained son of High Chaparral finished a close second at Goodwood in May, while he was third at Chelmsford earlier this month. High Secret has only had five starts over timber but impressed when he battled gamely to win at Taunton by half a length in March. The six year old was well beaten in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on his final hurdles start in May but a line can be put through that effort given his inexperience. Nicholls has likely worked hard to improve his charge over the summer and Bryony Frost's five-pound claim is proving invaluable this term.
CAID DU LIN is second best rated by BTO+ ratings. Dr Richard Newland's charge was an impressive winner at Fontwell two starts ago where he stayed on well up the hill under top weight to score by four and a half lengths. Caid Du Lin was hit with a six-pound penalty for that win and could only muster a seventh-place finish in the Listed William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot last time. Nonetheless, that contest had more depth to it than today's and the five year old Della Francesca gelding might be better suited to a smaller field. Dr Newland show a 28% better than expected strike rate at the circuit while Charlie Hammond's seven-pound claim could prove invaluable.
SO CELEBRE is also still unexposed having only had a handful of runs over hurdles. Ian Williams' charge racked up a double in novice hurdle company last season. The gelding's first win was over today's course and distance in March before he followed that up with a two and a half length success at Ascot. Connections attempted to saddle So Celebre to land a hat-trick at Aintree but it wasn't to be and he finished fifth. Nonetheless, at four years old, the son of Peintre Celebre should continue his progress this term and Williams brags an 82% better than expected win rate over today's course and distance.
Both EAST INDIES and UNISON are big prices compared to the rest of their rivals. The latter finished well down the field at Haydock on his final start last term while although East Indies is receiving plenty of weight, he's struggled in his past two runs and has only been dropped one pound.
Article Posted on Tuesday 14th November 2017 @ 08.36
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