3.05 Stratford Handicap Hurdle
Three horses made the shortlist for this race.
Alcock And Brown ran third last time over 2m 4f at Worcester on his handicap debut. He travelled through the race well but I didn’t feel he was good enough. The winner Forever Field had run well the time before in a competitive handicap at Market Rasen so that form would give him a good chance but the second and fourth place horses that finished close to him doesn’t make the overall form strong enough against some of today’s rivals. I don’t think the longer trip was the issue either when watching the replay I felt he got the trip well enough. For me, his form isn’t strong enough.
Rossetti arrives here in really good form having won over course and distance the last three times. As a result of that, he is 22lb higher in the handicap now. He won OK last time but as gone up a further 6lb I didn’t feel he won as well as he had done the time before though and maybe the handicapper is just starting to catch up with him.
Sharp Rise is another horse who has flew up the handicap since joining his current stable. The difference being he as won over fences two starts back off a 1lb higher handicap mark than today. He was hurdling well enough last time until unseating his rider. He likes to race prominent and stays further than today’s trip so even if he is taken on for the lead which is possible with a few of today’s runners having made the running in the past I don’t see it being a problem. For me, he ticks all the boxes the trips fine his handicap mark is fine his forms good enough to win this and the ground won’t be a problem for him.
Sharp Rise 2pt Win 11/4 @ Coral & Victor Chandler