Let’s get the ball rolling with some detail on our selected horses at Hereford and why we’ve picked them.
Don’t forget to check out the full racecard, results and live odds in Planet Sport’s racing live centre.
Good luck and please gamble responsibly.
(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article’s first publication)
12.20 (Hereford) Adjuvant
Harry Cobden’s mount Adjuvant showed progressive form on the Flat this year, but could only finish fourth on hurdling debut last month.
So is worth giving another chance with that experience behind him in the Bet & Watch At Planetsportbet.Com Maiden Hurdle.
Fiercely Proud is a dual jumpers Flat winner who looks to be a likely contender on first hurdle outing.
Court In The Act (3) won a jumpers Flat race by 11 lenghts debuting for this yard and rates an exciting prospect.
12.55 (Hereford) Mactavish
Mactavish got off the mark with hurdles delivering a success over course and distance in latest.Has a strong chance of following up in the Racing Specials Every Day At Planetsportbet Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
State Legend won on the flat this year and was narrowly denied when beaten a head revisiting hurdles recently. May go well.
Bertie Wooster returned from a break finishing third and could be fitter for the outing and shouldn’t be dismissed.
13:30 (Hereford) Jigginstown King
Jigginstown King won his past three starts over fences including a victory as favourite last month.Hard to rule out in current form in this four horse race.
Abuffalosoldier could only finish fifth delivering initial chase outing but may have needed the experience and could improve.
Tedwin Hills placed in his first two chase attempts before recording a 10 length success in latest, and there is certainly more to come.
Finally Pedley Wood is a chasing newcomer who is best watched.
14:05 (Hereford) Mistral Milly (e/w)
Thirteen runners line up to tackle this testing two-and-a-half-mile trip, and if the bookies have things right, then for a dozen of them their biggest challenge will be keeping in touch with odds-on favourite Aston Martini.
After Nicky Henderson’s four-year-old made a winning start to land a seven-runner bumper at Southwell back in June, she teams up again with Nico De Boinville here and is expected to be equally impressive on her hurdling debut.
Her most likely threat is likely to come from the Charlie Longsdon-trained Realisation, who also won her bumper debut race just over a year ago, although she was less eye-catching on her first effort over hurdles, finishing a distant fourth of nine at Stratford 19 days ago.
A first-time tongue strap could prove beneficial here, as indeed could the booking of in-form jockey and Planet Sport Bet racing ambassador Harry Cobden, who enjoyed three impressive winners among several other decent outings at Cheltenham’s November meeting at the weekend.
Nine of the remaining eleven runners are available at 14/1 or greater at the time of writing, so a more realistic each-way option could turn out to be Mistral Milly, who recently left Alan King’s yard to come under the wing of Emma Lavelle.
This four-year-old has shown some promise when three-lengths fourth on her bumper debut at Ascot in February, but was quite simply not at the races when last seen two months later at Fakenham.
A seven-month break and a change of scenery might well have done this filly good, and she has joined a yard that has been producing horses in top shape recently, landing three winners and seven runner-up near misses (plus two-thirds) from their last 19 runners.
Mistral Milly’s reins will be in the dependable hands of Tom Bellamy, who is also in a rich vein of form, steering three of his last eight completed rides into the winner’s enclosure (two of them for Lavelle), with a couple of close-up runner-up spots to boot.
14:40 (Hereford) Aldsworth
Aldsworth was well backed on his first outing for Robbie Llewellyn and was still in front and going well when coming a cropper at the second-last.
The five-year-old had hinted at ability when with the aforementioned King and compensation hopefully awaits in the Bet £10 Get £10 At Planetsportbet Handicap Hurdle.
Norton Hill placed in four of six hurdle starts including when second last time, so may prove competitive.
Bright Sunbird returned to winning ways with a success and is still fairly weighted.
Sammylou improved to finish third last month and can build on that effort.
15:15 (Hereford) Family Pot (Noah’s Light e/w)
15:45 (Hereford) Dante Inferno (e/w)
Hereford selections in full:
HEREFORD: 12.20 Adjuvant, 12.55 Mactavish, 1.30 Jigginstown King, 2.05 Mistral Milly, 2.40 Aldsworth, 3.15 Family Pot, 3.45 Dante’s Inferno.