The weekend is here and we have a decent card of Jumps action at Stratford to look at.
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I’ve managed to narrow the Stratford card down to three selections, which I think have a really good chance of getting into the winner’s enclosure this weekend, with two in particular having great opportunities to recapture their best form here.
The opener at Stratford is a fairly weak renewal and I think that Feargal O’Brien’s Elham Valley has more to offer than most here. He runs off top weight, as he is dropping down in class and I think he looked like he needed it last time out, although the form he showed in April and May would be more than enough to win this race.
You do of course have to take him returning to form on trust, as this is only his second start of the season. However, this is a really weak race and I’m certain he will strip much fitter this time round and take full advantage of it. If he is anywhere near his best form here, then he is the one to beat.
She’s probably going to go off at a short price here, but All The Glory won for us last time out and she couldn’t have looked more impressive as she powered away in the final furlong. She is a really slick jumper and she travelled very strongly, making easy work of a race that already looked pretty good on paper.
I went to Market Rasen to watch her final run of the season, where she won easily and looked like she had plenty more to come. There might even be some more improvement on the cards here, but if she can repeat the form she showed in her seasonal debut, she’s sure to be in the mix.
There are only four runners in this Handicap Chase, but they are all pretty decent horses and I’m really looking forward to see how this one plays out tactically. Guinness Affair has to be respected, having won his last three starts over fences and is probably the one to beat on current form, but he has gone up 8lbs. Aliomaana, running for Milton Harris, is a nice sort and if she takes to fences, she shouldn’t be far away. Meanwhile, Glory And Honour looks very reasonably treated after winning for his new yard last time out.
However Harry Cobden travels to Stratford for just the one ride and that is Brian Ellison’s Impulsive One. He has some good form in the book from when he was a Juvenile and it would be no surprise to see him right up there on his second start over fences. He has plenty of speed and if Harry can get a good tune out him, then I think he has a really good chance here.
I may have a fourth selection for Stratford on Saturday, but this one is price dependent, so I will pop this up on my Twitter, should I decide to back him.
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