Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Thursday; Gunner Fifteen in the Huntingdon 12:10. Compare odds and bet.
Should Huntingdon pass a 7:30am inspection on Thursday, the Listed mares’ bumper looks the pick of the action, but the opening novices’ hurdle is also of interest, with smart ex-Flat performer Mijhaar sure to be a warm order to make it two from two under the winter code.
John Ferguson’s six-year-old did it nicely on debut at Doncaster, but he had his quirks on the level, so he needs to go and back up that performance and, while he handled cut on the Flat, the ground this afternoon is sure to be a different ball game completely.
Despite flopping at Chepstow on his hurdles debut last month, another chance is given to Gunner Fifteen (12:10) who created a big impression when winning his bumper at Uttoxeter in November.
Fergal O’Brien’s six-year-old relished the soft ground that day and also scored in testing conditions in the Irish point-to-point sphere, so today’s ground should be much more to his liking. Far too keen last time, he drops down in trip by half-a-mile and, given the ground, should make it a test from the front under Noel Fehily. His Chepstow third now looks better, given the winner won again at Cheltenham yesterday and hopefully he can get back on track this afternoon.
12:10 Huntingdon: Gunner Fifteen
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