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Here’s today’s selection
13.00 Ludlow – Ambion Hill
Best bet of the day is Colin Tizzard’s AMBION HILL in the G. C. Rickards Novices’ Handicap Chase.
The son of Getaway ran well despite doing too much in front in desperate weather at Exeter on his return over hurdles. He faded late to be fourth there, with the others who dominated the finish having largely raced off the early pace, and while he was a weak finisher at times last term, he fared much the best of those who raced on or near the early pace at Exeter, and I thought he kept on well in the circumstances.
Luckily, so did the boy Massey, so we’re doubling up on the one we both reckon ought to be clear favourite in a low-grade event.
Ambion Hill is a rangy sort whose dam is an unraced half-sister to National Hunt Chase third Prudent Honour, and he’s an athletic jumper of a hurdle who appeals as the type to improve for a switch to the bigger obstacles.
His current mark is potentially lenient having dropped 16lb since first handicapped over the smaller obstacles, with his disappointing efforts in that sphere coinciding with the period when his yard was struggling. As a six-year-old, he’s entitled to do better if finding fences suiting him as expected, and could well be much better than this level of competition.
There doesn’t appear to be much pace pressure despite the field size, and he is taken to get off the mark with plenty in his favour, including the continued form of his trainer and jockey.
On that note, it’s great to see that Brendan Powell has pretty much nailed his place as stable jockey for the Tizzard yard after a host of big names were linked to the role.