Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Tuesday; Falcarragh in the Stratford 5.20. Compare odds and bet.
The opening maiden hurdle at Stratford on Tuesday is an interesting contest, with ex-Flat performers Ittirad and Dazinski capable of making their marks over hurdles.
The former was a tad disappointing on debut and needs to step forward, but both face a fair yardstick in the shape of Falcarragh (5:20) who already boasts an official rating of 125 and is taken to get off the mark for Tim Vaughan.
Only 13th when last sighted at Cheltenham in December, his three previous runs for the yard make him pretty appealing in this grade. In October, he finished just over 5 lengths behind Court Minstrel in a maiden hurdle, before chasing home Lordofthehouse (won again at Kempton afterwards) at Wetherby the following month.
Just a fortnight later, the six-year-old finished third to Ifandbutwhynot in a competitive novices’ handicap back at Cheltenham and he should appreciate returning on both a decent surface and the slight step up in trip.
5:20 Stratford: Falcarragh; 7/4 Betvictor
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