Andy Stephens' Wednesday Selection Box: Nendrum can make most of easy lead

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Wed 14 Feb 2018

Andy Stephens is seeking a third successive winning nap after the the victories of Straidnahanna (9-4) and Coeur De Lion (13-8) over the past two days.

By Andy Stephens

An ordinary day’s racing in Britain and Ireland on Wednesday, with nothing at a price jumping off the page. I’ve found a horse for each meeting and will be spicing things up by sticking them in a Super Yankee. Here goes:

1.55 Fairyhouse: Bee A Beneficiary at a general 5-4

This is a low-grade contest unlikely to take much winning, with Bee A Beneficiary standing out after her near-miss at Punchestown last time.

Having only her second start in a handicap on that occasion, she attracted support in the market and almost certainly would have won had she not found some trouble in running - flying home late but finding the finishing line coming a bit too soon.

Bee A Beneficiary is up 3lb but this looks a weaker race and useful 5lb claimer Dylan Robinson keeps the ride. She can make amends.

2.40 Towcester: Grand Introduction at 9-4 with SkyBet and BetVictor

Track form at Towcester counts for plenty because the stiff climb exposes those who are not inclined to roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

Grand Introduction seemed to enjoy the demands when a decisive winner over course and distance last week, despite nudging the odd fence, and Fergal O’Brien’s charge has solid prospects of defying his 7lb penalty.

It means Grand Introduction has to operate off a mark of 102 but he was rated 108 a couple of runs ago and was running off 115 this time last year over hurdles.

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4.00 Musselburgh: Nendrum at 7-2 with Stan James

Canny Style heads the market and there is no doubt he is capable of winning off his present mark, judged on his Flat form and what he has already achieved over hurdles, but the rain forecast to fall at the track this afternoon will not help his cause because he looks more about speed than stamina.

Any softening of the ground will not inconvenience Nendrum (nap) and everything points to him getting an uncontested lead. If he does, then he might easily repeat the runaway win he achieved over course and distance last month.

He came up a bit short at Catterick eight days later and is another 7lb higher here, but he was not seen to best advantage at the Yorkshire track and it may be this flat track suits him better. Hopefully, Jamie Hamilton will be able to turn the screw from the front and gradually draw the sting from his rivals.

4.20 Lingfield: Pride Of Angels at a general 7-4

Sprint handicaps at Lingfield can be a frustrating business because luck in running can play such a pivotal part but, granted the rub of the green, Pride Of Angels should take this.

The lightly raced daughter of Dark Angel upped her game when scoring with something to spare over course and distance on New Year’s Eve, and looked unlucky not to follow up back here last time when beaten half a length by another in-form rival in the shape of Bridge Builder.

Pride Of Angels finished with a flourish but she had to wait for a run and the winner had already flown. She has been nudged up another 2lb but that looks fair enough and, with a couple of front-runners among the opposition, she should have things teed up for her.

7.15 Wolverhampton: Great Return at a general 5-6

The withdrawal of Luv U Whatever means Great Return is now trading at a shade of odds-on but it looks a fair trade.

Great Return bolted up by seven lengths over 2m here at Wolverhampton last week and I don’t think a 6lb penalty or the drop to 1m5f will stop the New Approach gelding following up because he won with a stack in hand and is no sluggard.

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