LUDLOW - TUESDAY:
I made the point to readers on Monday that three of the last seven Placepot dividends at Kempton has paid over £1000 and sure enough, Monday’s dividend paid nearly twice that amount.
1.30: Kerry Lee (ITSHARD TO NO) thwarted Evan Williams (THE GIPPER) in the Welsh National on Saturday (Mountainous proving too strong for Firebird Flyer), though the result should be reversed here if the two trainers are to dominate the finish of this race as well. I guess that Martin Keighley and the relevant connections of WEYBURN might have something to say about that however in a race which should not prove difficult to win.
2.00: A winner over three miles here at Ludlow on heavy ground, TAKE THE MICK will be a popular order likely as not, with the Venetia Williams inmates generally preferring ground containing plenty of moisture. CELTIC INTRIGUE comes to the gig on a four timer, though it's STILL BELIEVING who might give the selection most to do on this occasion. Twice a winner on heavy ground (once here at Ludlow), the Evan Williams representative could make TAKE THE MICK pull out all the stops from my viewpoint.
Ludlow record of course winners in the second event on the card:
1/8--Take The Mick
2.30: BATTLE OF SHILOH could be anything following two victories in the hands of Derek O'Connor across the Irish Sea and it will be a brave person who leaves the Tom George seven-year-old out of their Placepot permutation in this grade/company I'll wager. Tom Lacey is already carving out a good career for himself whereby the chance of ALLSTAR VINNIE is respected, with BARAKA DE THAIX nominated as the other potential winner in the line-up.
3.00: GARDE LA VICTOIRE has won six of his last nine races, the last four of which have been gained on good to soft/soft ground. Conditions will be much harsher here but such is his class, I'll take the Philip Hobbs to make it 3/3 over the larger obstacles en route to better days to come. ALBERT BRIDGE is nominated to fill the forecast position.
3.30: Jo Davis bagged a good winner at Kempton on Saturday and there is every chance that CAPTAIN FLASH will become competitive to the extent that the seven-year-old can out run his odds here. Jeremiah McGrath earned plent
y of plaudits from Nicky Henderson on the same card when scoring aboard Triolo D'Alene and the underrated pilot takes the ride for Jo in this event. MARKET OPTION and (arguably) TRY IT SOMETIME can offer most resistance at the business end of proceedings.
Ludlow record of course winners in the fifth race:
4.00: Good to soft course and distance winner MAC GREGORY has plenty of weight to give away, though more talented individuals could have been declared I'll wager. Highly tried at Aintree last time having run second here at Ludlow at the first time of asking, HANDPICKED can only run a better race this time around, whilst ALF 'N' DOR has not been beaten far, though these are different conditions to those faced at two assignments at Market Rasen thus far.
Ludlow record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Ludlow card on Tuesday:
3--Lady Susan Brooke
55 declared runners