Comment: Fairly useful maiden on Flat (stays 1¼m) for John Gosden. Tongue tied and caught the eye under a sympathetic ride on hurdling debut at Newbury 43 days ago and is open to plenty of improvement.
Comment: Fairly useful 1½m winner on Flat who made it third time lucky over hurdles in first-time cheekpieces at Fakenham in March. Failed to repeat that effort at Huntingdon but still sets the standard.
Comment: £16,000 Shirocco gelding. Half-brother to bumper winner/fairly useful hurdler Bonne Fee. Winning pointer, pulled up last time (Mar 2020). Has since had a breathing operation. Wears tongue tie.
Comment: Modest form standout effort on Flat. Sold from William Muir for just £800 so makes little appeal.
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The five tiles correspond to the five possible Early Position Figures (EPFs) that a horse can record in a race:
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EPF 2 Prominent/Close up
EPF 3 Mid-division
EPF 4 Towards rear
EPF 5 Behind
The colour scale represents the probability of the horse recording that EPF; deeper blues are higher probability, while white indicates lower probability. The horse indicates the predicted EPF.
OLYMPIC CONQUEROR was let down by his jumping at Huntingdon last time, but he still sets the standard on his previous form so has to be considered the one to beat. Byzantine Empire caught the eye under a considerate ride at Newbury and could improve quite a lot.
6 The Wrekin
Henry Daly's strike rate at LUDLOW since the start of the 2016/17 season
3 Flat Stone
Nicky Henderson's strike rate at LUDLOW since the start of the 2016/17 season
5 Olympic Conqueror
Dr Richard Newland's strike rate with hurdlers at up to 2m2f
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