Hanbury Racing brings you his weekly each-way double for Saturday's racing from Wexford and Uttoxeter including a 50/1 shot.
The 10-year-old Balinaboola Steel looks an intriguing runner in this low-grade 3-mile handicap hurdle.
Wexford is one of the weaker tracks form-wise in Ireland, and Balinaboola seems to act particularly well here with form figures of 2113.
Balinaboola was in good form in 2020 and rattled up four victories seeing his mark rise from 95 to 128. He hit the ceiling of his ability and since then has struggled to be competitive, mixing between hurdles and belatedly over chases.
The handicapper has started to relent, and I find it fascinating connections have persevered running him over 2m 4F when his best form is over 3 miles.
He’s had three runs back after a winter break, which included a chase on his second start back at his beloved Wexford where he finished a staying on 3rd over 2m 4F, only going down by 1.5 lengths.
Balinaboola Steel now steps up to 3 miles for the first time in a while at a time when his reduced mark of 114 looks appealing, especially with the experienced claimer, Shane Fenelon, taking a valuable 7lb off.
With so much in his favour today, he is massively overpriced at 50/1 with Bet365 and looks an awesome 1-point each-way play.
He is still value at 20/1.
The 10-year-old Vetoncall has been rather fragile and has only managed 11 races in his career.
As a five-year-old, just starting out, he was successful in a 3-mile point-to-point and finished a close second to a horse now rated 116 (off level weights). These runs indicate Vetoncall would rate under rules somewhere around the 95 to 110 mark.
Vetoncall ran under rules over inadequate trips in his three mandatory maiden hurdles and a novice chase, postmarking a modest high of just 78.
It’s intriguing Vetoncall then had a year off before making his handicap debut in a 3-mile handicap chase off 83, and despite the poor maiden form he went off a well-backed 3/1 favourite but ran below expectations.
Connections know the horse best and that money told me they feel he was a well-handicapped horse off 83.
Vetoncall has only raced three times in the past three years, which included a two-year absence before his latest run in December 2021, where he was well backed from 40/1 into 14/1 and ran a cracker into third. This run can be marked up as the course vet confirmed he was lame post-race.
The son of Well Chosen has needed another six months off and comes here today off a reduced mark of just 75.
We know he goes well fresh and is well handicapped, and with a good jockey on board over a suitable course and trip, I’m happy to get involved at best odds of 14/1 with Bet365 who offer best odds guaranteed.
I, therefore, recommend 1 point each way.
He is still value at 10/1.