Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Wednesday; Loch Ba in the 1.50 at Bangor and Joanne One in the Exeter 4.10. Compare odds and bet.
Given he goes well fresh and likes soft ground, conditions look ideal for Loch Ba (1:50) in the feature handicap chase at Bangor on Wednesday.
Mick Channon’s seven-year-old looked a chaser going places when winning at Newbury in January (beating one of today’s rivals Mountainous by 8 lengths) before unseating at the Festival and he may well have found the ground a little lively at Aintree when last seen.
Last year’s winner Quartz De Thaix goes well under these conditions and his stable is in form, but he is much higher in the weights now, while Cheltenham runner-up Our Mick has to be feared off the same mark. He looks capable of going close, but has to give plenty of weight to the selection, who will hopefully be available at an each-way price when the market opens.
Down at Exeter Joanne One (4:10) should relish the step up in trip and can make it two from two over hurdles, in the concluding mares’ novices’ hurdle.
A classy bumper performer, Jamie Snowden’s five-year-old was an impressive winner on debut at Ffos Las last month, when she powered clear inside the closing stages, giving a strong hint that today’s extra 3f will be right up her street.
Soft ground isn’t a concern, given her smart bumper form when trained in Ireland (a winner on heavy), and, despite being burdened with a 6lb penalty, she can maintain her 100% record over timber.
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Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
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