Angus McNae's top tips for Thursday: Hill can rise to occasion

By Angus McNae
Thu 15 Nov 2018

There is no action from Meydan this week where Taamol was a 4-1 winner for us last week.

There are two meetings on Racing UK to go at on Thursday in Ludlow and Kempton and my selections are split between the two.

1.20 Ludlow: Definitelyanoscar at 2-1

This mare showed a decent level of form when runner-up in a decent bumper at Cheltenham in April.

Arguably she should have won there but for wandering and hanging under pressure.

Her hurdles debut at Chepstow ended with a fall three out when she was still travelling strongly and again she might have won but for that mishap.

Now on this tight circuit which should suit her strong travelling style she can make amends under Noel Feihily who’s patient style should suit this mare.

2.55 Ludlow: Gardiners Hill at 5-2

This horse bolted up at Warwick last week and if he turns up here in the same form here he can win again.

He has to carry a 7lb penalty in a better race but such was the manner of his success last time that he should be up to defying that rise given that a rather unproductive spell 2017/2018 has meant his mark has come tumbling down.

He is a hold-up horse who will be best served by a strong gallop at this tight track but in essence he is well treated and in great form and is worth supporting here to follow up his recent comfortable success.

5.30 Kempton: The Pinto Kid at 5-4

This horse was quite impressive for the grade when winning last time and a 4lb rise is unlikely to stop him.

He seems to be progressing nicely now for trainer James Fanshawe and he looked well suited to the Kempton track last time out.

I expect him to be ridden patiently in order that he can exploit his sharp turn of foot. Another win is very much on the cards and he rates as a strong selection.

7.00 Kempton: Breathoffreshair at 2-1

Well treated on his best form and looked to be on the way back into form last time out at Newcastle, when narrowly beaten into fourth.

He is well drawn in stall 2, a good spot to just sit in behind and track the usual front-runner Gulland Rock.

This is only his fourth run since he underwent wind surgery and his effort last time out suggests he is regaining his confidence. He must have a good chance here.

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