Forecast looking to bet back on the winning trail at Stratford Racecourse
THERE'S a bumper eight-race card for racegoers to unravel at Stratford tomorrow, Thursday, with course winner Forecast looking to get back to winning ways in the feature Class 3 Saige Fencing Novices’ Chase over two miles and five furlongs, writes David Hucker.
Impressive when beating Western Miller over the course in May, Forecast fell when leading his only opponent at Worcester last month and, if back on top form, should prove too good for Kempton Park winner Adjali, who was beaten a long way by Forecast’s stable companion Captain Tom Cat on his latest run.
On official ratings, the opening Bertie’s Racing Cushions Novices’ Handicap Chase over a trip just short of two-and-a-half miles lies between Hasankey and The Bees Knees, with just 1lb separating them.
Former point-to-pointer Sparkleandshine ran well to chase home Authorizo over course and distance last month and, if reproducing that form, could surprise the top two.
Of those that have run, Fred Bear boasts the best form in the Join Stratford Racing Club Juvenile Maiden Hurdle, having finished runner-up to Scrappy Jack in a similar event at Newton Abbot last time.
Just behind him that day was Oneonechop, who drifted in the betting on his British debut here last month, but the one to be on could be flat winner Crane, who has moved from Michael Bell’s Newmarket yard to Nicky Henderson.
Franz Klammer, a wide margin winner of his last two starts over course and distance, could complete a hat-trick in the Erin, Anya And Joe Brewer Handicap Chase, even though he has risen from a handicap mark of 72 to 97.
Ronde De Nuit, runner up to Shanandoa over the course last month, could be the answer to a trappy-looking We Are IDP Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, although Solstalla might still have some more improvement in her as she looks to defy another rise in the weights to land a four-timer.
The largest field of the day lines up for the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase and Air Hair Lair looks to follow up his win from Getawaytonewbay who is amongst the opposition again.
The longest race of the afternoon is the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle over three-and-a-quarter miles and members of the Stratford Racing Club will be hoping that Oscar Montel can follow up his recent Worcester win.
Small Bad Bob got off the mark at the third time of asking since moving from Ireland, when an easy winner at Newton Abbot, and could repeat the trick in the closing National Racehorse Week 12th-19th September Novices’ Hurdle.
Apart from when unseating James Best at the second flight at Worcester last month, Kazontherazz has been a model of consistency since returning from a break in April.