Monday 23 October 2017

'Dusted has chance to clean up

Nick Grant

Alldunnandusted is worth a small investment in the Handicap Chase at Hereford today.

Three times a winner over hurdles, the seven-year-old has plummeted in the weights over the last few months, and while he has not shown an awful lot in two starts since a break, there are reasons to keep the faith.

Aside from his tempting mark, chief among them is the current form of the Seamus Mullins yard, which has definitely picked up since the selection was last seen at Folkestone towards the end of November.

He needs to show more still, but it is also worth noting he drops in trip to the one which saw him take the spoils at Stratford last year off a mark of 109.

This is his first start at two miles and three furlongs since then, and the market should give a clue to his chance.

One Term appeals as potentially a classy prospect and he will be expected to make a winning start over obstacles in the toteexacta Maiden Hurdle.

Representing Rebecca Curtis, the four-year-old Beneficial gelding has been highly progressive in bumpers, winning two from four. The latest of those came at Cheltenham last month. Confidently ridden by Tony McCoy, he soon had matters in control and won in a manner which rather belied his starting price of 16/1.

Plum Pudding can go close for the Giles Smyly team in the totetrifecta Handicap Chase.

Although hardly unexposed, he has not had that much racing, stays forever and shaped as if he would come on a huge amount for his comeback run at Ffos Las in early November.

Greenhead High looks the best bet on Southwell's card, where he goes in the Spiffing Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Handicap. His last two runs have come at the Nottinghamshire venue, his first on a Fibresand surface, and both offered plenty of hope for him getting his head in front soon.

Sky Crossing can open his account for James Given in the totequadpot Maiden Stakes.

The Cape Cross colt will be having just his third start here but he seems to be progressing with each run and can continue on the upward curve.

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