Wednesday 22 November 2017

Solid Ballyvesey to step up to the mark at Huntingdon

Ballyvesey ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Becher Chase back in October and is worth following on his return to action at Huntingdon tomorrow.

While his wins-to-runs ratio is not what it might be, the six-year-old is a really solid performer which can hold his own in decent company.

That fact was evident when Ballyvesey put in a highly creditable effort from 5lb out of the handicap at Aintree, making his bid three from home before tiring over the final few National obstacles.

While he finished some way behind winner Hello Bud, it was still a good run, but also one that took a fair bit out of him, and Peter Bowen has given him a break since then.

Emma Lavelle saw stable star Crack Away Jack switched to another stable last week and while Extra Bold is not of that calibre, he should be good enough in the Racing UK On Sky 432 And Virgin 536 Handicap Chase.

The nine-year-old finished second after a lengthy break at Fontwell last month, but should strip fitter and is worth another try.

Sizing Ireland is the choice in the maiden hurdle. Nicky Henderson has wasted little time in switching codes with him after three fruitless attempts in bumpers and he looks a proper jumper in the making.

Catch Bob can bag a valuable confidence-boosting success in the beginners' chase. A fair performer over hurdles, he has not got it right yet in three starts over fences, but he has come close a couple of times.

Eighteen Carat was well beaten under a penalty last time, but should be given another chance in the Kiel & Baldvin Novices' Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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