SOFIAS NUMBER ONE can put his fondness for an artificial surface to good use with victory at Wolverhampton.
The Roy Bowring-trained three-year-old is clearly unimpressive on the turf, as demonstrated earlier this year with three pretty ordinary efforts, but usually does connections proud on the Polytrack and on the Fibresand.
No better was that demonstrated than at Southwell last Tuesday, when he arrived from another county to take second spot in a reasonable handicap over this trip. That effort not only confirmed his vitality, but indicated he is well worth a look off the same mark of 63.
Twice a winner at Southwell in the summer, placed efforts at Lingfield and Kempton earlier this year suggest he is also no slouch on the Polytrack, either.
Given his trainer’s relatively humble origins, Sofias Number One should be available at a decent price in division |one of the £32 Free At 32Red.com Handicap, in which he is probably still a little less exposed than some.
Cue Card, meanwhile, can serve up a pre-Hennessy treat |in the Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Chase at Newbury.
This decorated Grade Two affair has, in recent years, been won by the likes of Denman and Jair Du Cochet.
Cue Card has a long way to go, of course, before he can be mentioned in the same breath as those esteemed chasers, but it would be folly to dismiss his worth at this early stage.
That said, there will be |plenty of punters in Berkshire prepared to take him on after |he got rid of Joe Tizzard in a white-hot novice chase, won by Grands Crus, at Cheltenham this month.
Supporting Ferdy Murphy’s horses at this time of the year can often be dangerous, but Stand Clear admittedly looks a solid prospect at Musselburgh.
A mark of 104 does not |look too severe for her chasing debut, for which she has been well briefed on the West Witton gallops.
At Doncaster, Eradicate is worth another chance in the Visit theconistonhotel.com Skipton, North Yorkshire Novices' Chase.