Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:02 21/11/2014
The Dr Richard Newland-trained Ardkilly Witness was a little disappointing when managing only eighth place in the valuable United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on his most recent start when sent off a well backed 6-1 chance as the son of Witness Box was never able to mount a challenge behind all-the-way winner What A Warrior in the three mile contest. The good ground may have been too lively for the eight-year-old on that occasion and with the going at the Berkshire venue expected to ride much softer on Friday afternoon the mount of Will Kennedy is a confident selection to get back to winning ways at the standout 5-1 available with Unibet for the Brown Advisory Handicap Chase at 3.15.
The horse won his first race over fences when beating a decent horse in Lamb Or Cod on heavy ground at Wincanton last December and on his next two starts, both in testing conditions, ran with great credit in valuable contests at Sandown and Kempton off mark's of 133 and 136 respectively. Dropped 1lb to 134 since that Ascot run Ardkilly Witness looks very much on a winning mark at present and back down to Class 3 should take plenty of beating despite having to shoulder the welter burdon of 11st 11lb.
The Venetia Williams-trained Howards Legacy won well on his seasonal reappearance at Bangor but the eight-year-old is an inconsistent sort who will struggle to follow up off a 9lb higher mark and a bigger danger to the selection is likely to come from the lightly-raced Ballinvarrig. Second to the useful Present View earlier this year Tom George's seven-year-old would go close if running up to that form but is prone to the odd mistake and looked a far from straightforward ride when runner-up on his most recent start, hanging badly in the closing stages.