Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Sedgefield with two selections from the meeting.
13.20 Sedgefield – Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap Chase (26.2f)
Camilla’s Wish (128)
Velvet Cognac (116)
Harry Hunt (110)
Graham McPherson’s Harry Hunt has made a pleasing start to this years campaign with a second at Fontwell which was soon rewarded when landing a 21.5f contest at Ayr. With only a 3lb penalty to deal with, he should be on the premises once more. One trainer in here who I feel is very under rated is Sam Drake who saddles the top weight here in Cabragh.
The second season chaser won over course and distance last December when off a 25lb lower mark, he also took a three mile contest at Bangor the following month off 105, penalised with a 9lb penalty he has still run creditably being placed on two occasions over three miles. The selection though comes in the way of the Micky Hammond trained Camilla’s Wish.
The ex irish chaser who represented the John Dreaper yard made her journey across the water and new surroundings over the summer. She won two hurdle races straight off the bat at Fakenham and Uttoxeter and made a pleasing addition back to chasing when recording her third win on the bounce at Cartmel over 25.5f. She returned to the chasing ranks when once more recording a win over the same trip at her local Cartmel course.
She returned after a few months off and competed over 29f here at Sedgefield in the Durham National finishing last. The ground I feel is the key for her, she definitely thrives more with soft to heavy under foot, the ground here could see her out once more, however she drops back in trip and I would like to think she will be on the premises under 7lb claiming jockey Becky Smith.
CAMILLA’S WISH : 1pt each way @ 8/1 (BOG)
14.20 Sedgefield – Betfred Home Of ‘Goals Galore’ Chase (Novices Limited Handicap) (16.2f)
Derintother Yank (135)
Donald McCain’s six year old Derintother Yank should be landing this race in fairness, It only took two starts to record his first win over fences when landing a two mile contest around the Novice ranks at Carlisle when off a rating of 124. He did not disappoint when running Nuts Well within three parts of a length again at Carlisle when under a 7lb penalty. He has run just the once at Sedgefield as a hurdler when finishing second to 120 rated hurdler JustforJames.
He is not exposed around this sphere and in my opinion is the one they all have to beat uner Will Kennedy. There are always dangers and Delegate of Keith Dagliesh’s was seen last time pulling up over two and a half miles. Prior to that though he was seen winning over 17.5f on soft ground wen trained in Ireland by none other than Gordon Elliott. Now The Irish top trainer does not let horses go that easily and had a quiet a reasonable career at the yard winning three times as a hurdler and once as a chaser, makes new yard debut this afternoon.
DERINTOTHER YANK : 1.5pt Win @ 9/2 (BOG)