Paul Ferguson has one tip to start off the week on Monday; Lidar in the 4.30 at Towcester, ridden by Robert Thornton.
Fairly moderate stuff on Monday, but at Towcester it is worth taking a chance that Lidar (4:30) will see out the trip in the 3m SIS 1st For Football Data Handicap Hurdle.
Yet to race beyond 2m4f the six-year-old has looked worth a try over this sort of distance on his last couple of outings and this looks a much easier assignment than he faced on his last start at Doncaster.
Alan King held his charge in very high regard a couple of years back, when he won the valuable DBS bumper and went on to finish runner-up in the Grade 2 at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
He has since failed to deliver as expected over timber, with his sole success to date coming here 11 months ago. A mark of 120 seems fair and, with the ground in his favour, the chestnut could begin to rebuild his reputation this afternoon.
4:30 Towcester: Lidar
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase