Easy Cheltenham winner Kingsmere makes a quick re-appearance at Ludlow today and looks a worthy favourite to follow up.
Henry Daly’s charge trotted up in a three mile handicap hurdle at Pestbury Park five days ago when he drifted in the market form 8/1 to 12/1, the nine-year-old isn’t near as generous today but still merits support.
The son of Kings Theatre was tried unsuccessfully over hurdles and fences in his first season under rules before going on to win three of nine races in 2012, a handicap hurdle Stratford and novice chases at Cartmel and again at Stratford. The gelding’s progress took a knock with run of four races when he failed to complete the course and was laid off for seventh month last year.
Daly re-introduced the horse in the Festival Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in October when he jumped poorly and was tailed off. Kingsmere reverted back to hurdles for his next outing and ran better than his sixth place finish at Cheltenham’s November meeting. He didn’t have a hard time when winning convincly at Cheltenham last Thursday and jockey Jake Greenall’s 3lb claim will lighten the 7ld penalty Kingsmere will carry today.
The race is not without its dangers. Church Field hit form this time last year and looks well handicapped and Too Generous will be fitted with blinkers for his second attempt coure and distance.
Kingsmere 3.35 Ludlow – 13/8 Paddy Power