Mendip Express has made The Shortlist at Fontwell today, racing in a three miles and two furlongs handicap chase in what looks a small but competitive field.
He has an excellent score of 13, with four sections of green and one of amber. He looks really well suited to today's conditions and definitely worth a closer look.
When looking at the form from the racecard we can see that Mendip Express has been running well without quote being good enough to get his head in front. He has been running in some good quality hunter chases, and I am hoping that the return to a standard handicap chase may benefit him. His mark of 134 looks reasonable when compared with past exploits, and he has the claimer Maxwell on board again taking a useful seven pounds off.
The Phillip Hobbs yard hasn't been in amazing form recently, however, he does have an above average strike rate here at Fontwell. Over the past five years, he's had 13 winners (21.31%) which have produced an Impact Value of 1.61, meaning he is over one and a half times more likely than average to have the winner.
He also has quite a useful record with his runners that are coming off a break of 60 days plus, and Mendip Express is having his first race for 227 days.
The Instant Expert report confirms how well suited Mendip Express is by today's race, and it is also interesting to note that he is five pounds lower in the handicap that he was for his last victory.
The other runner in the race that comes out well on this report is Leo Luna, with three sections of green.
The Pace report shows that early leaders here over this distance have a great record, with 22.50% of them going on to win the race, for a level stakes profit of 29.71 and an Impact Value of 1.49.
There are four quite prominent runners in this field, but Mendip Express has been the early leader in his last two races and I wouldn't be surprised to see Maxwell do the same again to try and control the race from the front.
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