BARATINEUR(best price 9/4) has certainly shown enough to suggest he’s capable of winning a small maiden hurdle and that looks just what connections have found the son of Vendangeur. Dan Skelton’s charge has run a series of fine races without winning and if it wasn’t for him faltering in the closing stages of a handicap at Haydock two starts ago, he wouldn’t even be in a race of this nature. His disappointing run last time out can be put down to the extra distance in bad ground finding him out in the latter stages, but now back on a less demanding surface, the five-year-old has a golden opportunity to finally break his duck.
Baratineur - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
TAKINGRISKS(best price 11/4) has been brought along steadily by connections and that patience looks set to be further rewarded in this competitive handicap hurdle. A former point-to-pointer winner, Nicky Richards’ inmate showed promise on his first start under rules over this course back in October and duly built on that effort with a similarly encouraging display at Carlisle next time. Although a fortunate winner when breaking his duck at Kelso last time, the horse that capsized at the last when well clear has gone on to boost the form with a smooth success next time and off a nice starting point of 122 in his first dip into handicap company, the son of Golden Tornado is expected to put up a bold show.