Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 10:23 02/01/2015
Mikey Ennis is a capable claimer, but may find his ride less than straightforward aboard Mijhaar who can be hard to catch right. The market leader for the Class 3 Best Odds Guaranteed At BetVictor com Handicap Hurdle ran well for third at Aintree last month, but is a bit of a risky bet at the general 2/1 on offer from online bookmakers.
At standout best odds of 11/2 with Stan James, Stopped Out rates as a viable alternative and the versatile grey gelding is taken to make all. Philip Kirby's 10-year-old has won 8 times from 32 starts over timber and made a winning return to jumps racing when scoring in a chase over today's trip at Carlisle in November.
A bold bid for second over 3 miles at Newcastle followed and the drop back in trip combined with the switch to the smaller obstacles today can help the mount of James Reveley to defy top weight and land the spoils.
Aside from Mijhaar, Tikkandemickey is a potential danger to the selection with Daragh Bourke's claim partially negating a 10lb hike in the weights for a win at Hexhham in November, but front-running Stopped Out will be difficult to reel in if given an easy lead and remains a confident selection.