Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:47 14/10/2015
Walk On Al and Racing Europe are vying for favouritism in this afternoon's 2m 5f 56y Class 3 Handicap Hurdle at 4.25 Wetherby, with the former currently heading the betting after failing to take to chasing last season. Dan Skelton's 7-year-old looks to be on a fair mark, though may not be seen to best effect over today's distance and is used to having his stamina stretched further. The latter has ran well in defeat following a hurdling success at Catterick Bridge on New Year's Day and should once again run his race, but is another that looks best suited for trips of 3 miles an over.
Dr Irv has a decent profile on the level and since joining Micky Hammond has produced a couple of eye-catching efforts over hurdles, suggesting that a step up in trip could unlock even more from the chestnut gelding in this sphere. The son of Dr Fong fought out the finish in a Novices' Hurdle over 2m4f 139yds at Market Rasen in August and then gave a trio of seasoned hurdlers plenty to think about back at the same venue in September, so could spring a surprise off the same mark at the bottom of the handicap today.
Crazy Jack achieved a chasing win last term and made a winning return to hurdling at Worcester last month, so could be one to watch out for, while L'aigle Royal hasn't added to his tally since winning at Sedgefield a year ago, though does go well fresh.
With 14 runners invloved, this looks like a wide-open contest and an each-way bet on Dr Irv at 14-1 is advised with bookmakers paying 1/4 odds for the first 3 places
1pt each-way Dr Irv 14-1 10Bet (money back if 2nd by a head or less)