Ffos Las hosts the Welsh Foxhunters Chase this afternoon where it will be tricky to beat Tricky Trickster
Paul Nicholl’s Tricky Trickster bounded on to the Hunter Chase scene at Huntingdon where he literally toyed with his rivals in a win that was not tricky to judge. Prior to that the ten year old had been away from the course for two seasons after suffering an almost career ending injury. Back now to something near his Grade 2 Aon Chase winning form the horse looks a Dead Cert for a win in the Welsh Foxhunters this afternoon. Crockford would advise that punters place their Cheltenham Foxhunters bets before the off as Tricky Trickster is currently quoted at 14/1 with William Hill. However, with his quotes for today’s race being around 2/5 the value for Crockford lies elsewhere in two each way prospects; Big Game Hunter and Cave Hill.
Big Game Hunter looked like shaping into a good thing last year in Ireland and has had an encouraging run in a good contest last time out at Newbury. If this Saddler’s Well gelding can return to the promise of last year the Leyshons should have place claims at around 25/1. Lucy Jones partnered Cave Hill to his win in the race last year and is up again today. He clearly runs well first time out and should relish the conditions with his able pilot on board. Crockford is attracted by an 8/1 price that gives good each way prospects for a wager.
Across the rest of the card at Ffos Las Crockford considers the following horses worthy of attention:
Whisper (2.20) should return to winning form at his favoured track with the newcomer for Pipe Western Warhorse the danger
Bendant (3.20) will give a good account of himself with Paul Moloney booked
Annaluna (3.50) looks well in with the able Patrick Corbett claiming seven off her back
Bathwick Junior (4.50) is the stand out horse in the race and should provide Michael Blake with a winner.
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Away from Ffos Las the 2009 Cesarewitch winner Darley Sun looks another interesting newcomer to the hurdling game for John Ferguson at Market Rasen (2.00). With odds of 5/2 available Crockford is tempted to place faith in the classy new recruit. The Ferguson horse holds entries in the Neptune and Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival with odds of 33/1 and 40/1 on offer.
(Featured Photograph – Ffos Las raceourse on Welsh Champion Hurdle Day by Stuart Rice)