Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Friday; Krugermac in the Ascot 1.00 and Welsh Shadow in the Haydock 1.55. Compare odds and bet.
Despite small fields being the order of the day, there are plenty of nice prospects on show on Friday, at both Haydock and Ascot, arguably the most exciting being Minella Rocco who makes his debut over fences at the Merseyside track.
Jonjo O’Neill’s unbeaten five-year-old faces no easy task against Silsol, however, and, at the odds, he is best watched today – Paul Nicholls’ runner was rated the higher hurdler (although he obviously had more opportunity to show his hand over timber) and has already shown that he can jump when winning a hot race at Carlisle recently.
Earlier on the card, John Ferguson’s Francis Of Assisi sets a fair standard, having already achieved an official rating of 144, but Welsh Shadow (1:55) bumped into a smart rival on debut and looked an exciting prospect when winning his bumper at Wetherby last season.
Dan Skelton’s five-year-old split Yanworth and Barney Dwan (both winners this week) in the fog at Exeter and, in receipt of 6lbs, the son of Robin Des Champs is fancied to go one better. He was trading around 13-8 overnight.
Down at Ascot, the most interesting horse on show is Nicky Henderson’s Kilcrea Vale who returns to action in the introductory hurdle, but he is priced up accordingly and is another to watch with the future in mind.
Henderson saddles an interesting newcomer in the opener, with Whats The Scoop a half-brother to the high-class Harchibald, but I was slightly surprised to see him top the market ahead of Krugermac (1:00) who makes his debut for Gary Moore.
Runner-up to the exciting Nambour in a Punchestown Festival bumper (third won a bumper at Hexham last week) the four-year-old looks an extremely exciting recruit to the Moore stable and he reappears while his stable is in fine order. At 11-4 (top price overnight), he looks worthy of support for this National Hunt novices’ hurdle.
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