Just two tips for our pundit today, including a strong fancy at Sedgefield.
Some really intriguing novices go to post here, none more so than useful Flat recruit Toe The Line, but the percentage call has to be to play safe and go with LETTRE DE CACHET (best price 13-2) from an each-way stance given the prices on offer this morning. Although Noel Meade’s charge has yet to score over hurdles in five starts, she has managed to finish runner-up in a Grade 2 contest and surely would have got off the mark last time out at Galway if it wasn’t for an untimely blunder at the last flight. Given her ability to stay well under today’s conditions and vital hurdling experience, it’s hard to see her not finishing in the frame at the very least.
Now Mahlerdramatic is a non-runner, this should turn out to be plain sailing for THE BAY OAK (NAP) (best price 10-11, who ran a nice race over today’s C&D last time out. Although no match for easy winner Le Breuil, Dan Skelton’s charge did little wrong in finishing a one-paced second, he just lacked the speed and the jumping accuracy of the winner who clearly has a bright future himself over hurdles. Being a former point-to-point winner on soft ground, the son of Vinnie Roe should relish today’s slightly softer conditions and with that all-important run under his belt, it would be a surprise if he didn’t prove good enough this afternoon if the first-time tongue-tie works the oracle.