Fast ground suits Gwafa

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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 Rac­ Ju­ve­nile Hur­dle.

Sir Michael Stoute sends Panova all the way to New­cas­tle for the equine­prod­ 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.

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