Fast ground suits Gwafa
GWAFA is taken to surprise some higher profile rivals in the Better Odds With Betfair Exchange Hurdle at Kempton.
The Listed race has been won by The New One for the past three seasons but with Nigel Twiston-Davies belatedly sending him chasing, a new name will be added to the roll of honour.
Nicky Henderson fields two formidable rivals in Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours and Hargam, but how far forward the former will be at this stage of the season has to be questioned.
Hargam, on the other hand, has already had a run but he was well beaten over in Ireland a fortnight ago by Ivan Grozny and he could be a hard horse to place this season.
The main reason for believing Gwafa could lower the colours of the Henderson pair, along with Dan Skelton’s smart second-season hurdler Mister Miyagi, who could end up posing the bigger threat, is the prevailing fast ground.
Were Kempton to be hit by any substantial rain, then confidence in Paul Webber’s charge would fade, however, as firm is in the description a big run is expected.
He won the Swinton Hurdle off 137 and then put up a very bold show off 144 in Market Rasen’s Summer Hurdle.
His last outing came on the Flat in Spain and he was not disgraced, but he could be a major player in this race with conditions in his favour.
Michael Bell does not have many hurdlers but Taper Tantrum looks above average and can remain unbeaten in the Pay And Watch Racing UK Via Mobile Novices’ Hurdle.
Rated in the mid 80s on the level, he has wins at Newton Abbot and Stratford to his name already over timber.
This Listed race will be tougher with a promising Paul Nicholls rival taking him on in Black Corton, but he only ran (and won) nine days previously.
Taper Tantrum’s Flat speed should stand him in good stead at Kempton.
Alan King’s Lord Huntingdon looked a natural on his hurdling debut and can defy a penalty in the RacingUK.com/HD Juvenile Hurdle.
Sir Michael Stoute sends Panova all the way to Newcastle for the equineproducts-ukltd.com/EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes and the hint should be taken.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit improved on a promising debut at Chelmsford to be just touched off by a smart one at Kempton.
From the family of Russian Rhythm, she becomes valuable with a win under her belt.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Alsacienne looks sure to relish two miles in the Selenavite E The Ultimate Vitamin & Mineral Supplement Handicap and looks another Newmarket raider set to score.
Keith Dalgleish has had Sindarban entered up over hurdles this week so the fact he feels the Cumberland Plate winner is better off in the Restorelyte By Equine Products UK Ltd Handicap could be significant.