Five Year Old Has Ability To Handle Conditions At Uttoxeter
The uphill finish and heavy ground at the Staffordshire track will sort a good few of the field out in the Bradley Pointon 18th Birthday Maiden Hurdle today but one who will likely be staying on at the end is the fourth favourite FORT JEFFERSON. Trained in Cheshire by Oliver Greenall, the gelding has run once over hurdles, here at Uttoxeter, where he was a distant runner up to the well thought of Whiskey In The Jar. He was given a gentle introduction to jumping by apprentice Ross Turner in that event, being held up, and then put into contention three out. He unfortunately made a mistake at that obstacle but then ran on well without having a chance with the winner. That was on heavy going and confirmed his ability on it; back in June 2016, he hacked up on the flat at Leicester on this type of ground and his other two wins were on good to soft. David England takes over the reins today and the horse gets top rating on BTOPlus+. In addition, he gets three positives under the "Sire Distance" heading for his father Passing Glance. BALLYMOY is a hot favourite, and probably should be, but his pilot hasn't won here in 23 attempts and another contender, TAKE EM OUT gets negatives for his sire's progeny on the ground. The easily obtainable 8/1 about Fort Jefferson looks a good each way price.
Article Posted on Saturday 10th February 2018 @ 10.26
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