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Novice Ready To Take Off

29th December 2018, 09:37 by Gerard Lees

Improving Seven-Year-Old Ready To Strike Again

It is a truism that jumping is the crucial factor in National Hunt events (apart from bumpers!) but this is especially the case with novice handicap chase races. We have a horse today in the shape of WENYERREADYFREDDIE who has given two displays of leaping that would befit a Grand National contender and he looks ideal for the Betway Novices' Handicap Chase which brings the curtain down on the day's racing at Newbury. The son of Beneficial did two paradoxical things in his last race; he never looked like making a mistake but also lost lengths by going left at every fence of Ascot's right-handed course. He did gallop with immense enthusiasm, showed a great attitude to stay on well at the end of the two miles three furlong race and looks a cert to improve lengths over Newbury's left- handed circuit. The Ascot race looks a top affair in retrospect; the second, Kildisart won on his next outing at the same venue, as did the third Azzerti, whilst the fifth, Piton Pete was second and in contention when unseating two out at Ludlow. The Nicky Henderson trained Wenyerreadyfreddie is top on BTO regular and speed ratings and gets four positives, including 35% better than expected win stat for jockey Nico de Boinville. POLYDORA is a clear second best on stats and ratings, with his trainer Tom Lacey boasting a three from seven success rate over fences at Newbury, whilst Wenyerreadyfreddie's stablemate ONEFITZALL is being backed but has letters (FP) in front of his name rather than numbers. At 2/1 it looks a Fred Bet to make all.

G Lees

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gerard Lees

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