Lydia Pearce isn’t one to miss a winning opportunity and the decision to switch BERTIE MOON back to hurdling looks a masterstroke in the handicap hurdle that falls just short of two and a half miles at Uttoxeter today. The Bertolini gelding has been in great form on the flat of late and gained narrow victories on the flat over a mile and six furlongs at Nottingham and over two miles in the space off two days in August off mark off 75 and 81 and looks well handicapped on his return to hurdling off a mark of102. Bertie Moon handles all sorts of ground and gained his second success over hurdles when beating Veinard three and three quarter lengths in heavy ground over an extended two miles at Newcastle in March off a mark of 96. He has clearly improved since and his front running tactics could soon have these rivals struggling.
This looks an open contest but the recent hurdling form of HOLD COURT make him the one to appeal on his return to chasing on a course where the fences are not too tasking. The Evan Williams-trained gelding has shown some solid form over hurdles and was in command in the closing stages when beating Victor Leudorun four lengths over two miles and seven furlongs at Worcester in July. The excellent Paul Moloney is once again in the saddle and the partnership look worth an interest at the rewarding odds of 6-1.