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Here’s today’s selection
2:30 Ludlow – Not A Role Model
I would like to think that this, the Billy Preston Handicap, is in honour of the only musician that wasn’t actually a Beatle to get a credit on any of their singles (Get Back, Popmaster fans) but I suspect not.
For all there’s a Venetia runner coming back off an absence, normally enough to make us reach for the back button, Gardefort is 13 now and doesn’t really fit the usual pattern of one of hers. The form is there and this trip rather than further probably suits him best, but all the same, it’s NOT A ROLE MODEL that’s the one we want to be with today.
He ran poorly at Fakenham last time out, his normally solid jumping not in evidence but he was held up behind horses there and he’s best when ridden prominently and given space at his fences, as was the case at Chepstow the time before when second in a very competitive handicap that’s worked out well.
For all he jumps a bit left, he’s fine on right-handed tracks, as wins at both Kempton and Wincanton show, and with the ground in his favour, we can see him bouncing back to form.
Topofthecotswolds might be the danger, especially if they do go a little quick up front, as he looks the one that would benefit from a pace collapse.
A little out of his depth in the Racing Post Chase last time, his second to the improving Palmers Hill at Wetherby earlier in the year is a solid effort and would give him every chance here.