Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:41 07/01/2015
2.30 Ludlow looks a pretty competitive 3 mile handicap hurdle with Kingsmere perhaps performing a little better than the bare result of his races in recent months and remaining on a workable mark, while Exeter maiden winner Brandon Hill may well improve again now handicapping and is feared, along with Henri Parry Morgan.
Despite a few having decent claims though, they all have to concede weight to Masterful Act, a best odds guaranteed 11/4 chance with William Hill.
The 8-year-old chestnut gelding has been kind to punters on the level and made a very encouraging start for Dan Skelton at Market Rasen on Boxing Day to finish runner-up to It's Oscar who was taking advantage of a reduced mark.
Today's conditions underfoot won't be too disimilar to that run and having performed fairly well over hurdles for his former yard, the mount of Ryan Mahon looks one to side with on his first crack at this trip having stayed on well last time out.
Elsewhere in the field Veauce De Sivola is likely to need every ounce of AP McCoy's riding ability to get on terms after a less than satisfactory return at Chepstow, while Drumlang has been below his best and El Dancer looks to have a lot to do off top weight reverting back to hurdles having gone off the boil over fences.