Paul Ferguson has another great tip for us on Tuesday; Handy Andy in the 2.30 at Exeter, ridden by Joe Tizzard.
Like Sunday and Monday’s winners for the column, Last Instalment and Realt Mor, today’s sole selection also holds an entry in Friday’s Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle and, again, the selection takes in an easier option rather than heading to Aintree.
Owners Brocade Racing, who also have the smart Hey Big Spender and Golden Chieftain in training with Colin Tizzard, paid £115,000 for Handy Andy (2:30) after he won an Irish point in January and he immediately began to repay the lofty price tag by winning on his rules debut at Newbury last month.
The son of Beneficial had the look of a very smart long-term prospect at the Berkshire track, stylishly moving into contention and staying on strongly to beat the useful Our Father over 2m5f, going away in the closing stages.
He is sure to come in to his own over fences next year, but he is more than capable of winning again over hurdles first and he is fancied to maintain his 100% record in the opening contest at Exeter this afternoon.
In recent course-and-distance winner Lundy Sky, the useful Rif and Victor Dartnall’s Ace High, the selection faces no easy task here on just his second start but, such was the impression he created on debut, it will be disappointing if the five-year-old is turned over.
2:30 Exeter Handy Andy
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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