Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Ffos Las with three selections from the meeting.
13.30 Ffos Las – Rob Davies Chemist Novices Chase (23.5f)
Joe Farrell (138)
Dan Emmett (134)
Joe Farrell was a horse I followed throughout his bumper career when running within two and a half lengths to Barters Hill, finishing behind the likes of Wait For Me and Theo’s Charm, however Ffoa Las was where it all started when winning on debut when beating the likes of Listed hurdle winner Keeper’s Hill, he returns back to his successful haunt for the first time since this time last year and to be fair I am finding it very hard to get him beat.
He looked in need of the first outing at Chepstow last month when finishing fourth to Mia’s Storm who landed the Listed Bud Booth Mares Chase at Market Rasen this month by thirteen lengths, the third Mr Mix has also franked the form winning a 0-140 handicap chase at Wincanton last month and the runner up Elegant Escape bumped into Ballyoptic four days ago. The form is there and it would be disappointing for him to not take this in his stride being a first season chaser.
Dam Emmett has lost his way since two seasons ago, his rating came at Newcastle last March, despite his bad run of form is still well treated off today’s mark of 125, Oscartea though I fear the most this afternoon, his run when behind No Hassle Hoff at Uttoxeter would give him a live chance.
JOE FARRELL : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)
15.40 Ffos Las – Victorian Sliders Handicap Chase (16f)
Little Jimmy (120)
Bredon Hill Lad (103)
So many exposed types here including the selection Little Jimmy, Tom Gretton’s ten year old looked once more very uncomfortable returning to hurdles, however Little Jimmy’s only visit here resulted in a second place to Humble Ben over 19.5f, he looks way ahead of the handicap on what he has achieved at this level and off a mark of 100 should be exploiting it now back chasing.
Bredon Hill Lad would probably be a closest rival here, Susan Gardner’s entry makes his season’s debut, he finished up last season with a win at Fontwell over further than this and is a course and distance winner last year when winning off this mark by twenty lengths so any strong market support on re-appearance should not be dismissed.
LITTLE JIMMY : 1pt each way @ SP (BOG)
16.10 Ffos Las – Walters Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle (15.8f)
Rock and Roll King (114)
Global Thrill (113)
This is actually quite a competitive race, Bernard Lllewelyn comes here with a strong hand as he saddles both Flanagans Field & Global Thrill, out of the two despite Global King coming out rated 7lb higher that Flanagans Field looks the more likely one here to do the trainer justice. The ex Dessie Hughes trained nine year old was seen winning around these ranks two runs back when scooting clear to record an eighteen length victory.
He beat his stablemate that day to seventeen lengths when in receipt of 9lb, with only conceding 2lb back this afternoon its hard to see at the weights that form being reversed. Evan Williams also has two in the race in Theatre Stage & the selection Rock and Roll King. The former on jockey bookings looks the main string here under claimer Michael Bastyan, however Rock and Roll King does not look overly exposed and finished off last season when third over 20f.
He drops back in trip here significantly and I would be very surprised that Conor Ring does not have him handy throughout the race having to give weight all round and especially 11lb to his stablemate Theatre Stage.
ROCK AND ROLL KING : 1pt Win @ SP (BOG)