The jumps action remains up north today with Sedgefield hosting a competitive card and this might be the day for Pamak D’Airy (2.15) despite finishing second in two of his three starts this season and 2lb higher than when behind Cloverhill Lad at Newcastle last month.
The winner scored off a 6lb higher mark back at Gosforth Park last weekend and front-runner Cara Court carries a 7lbs penalty for his recent Catterick success.
The latter is obviously in good form but has never won from a mark this high and the hope is that he can set the race up for the selection who certainly deserves to get his head back in front.
Jim Job Jones would have a chance in a very ordinary 2m 6f Handicap Chase if putting his best foot forward, but it is impossible to make case for a horse who refused last time out and, in a race that won’t take much winning, the vote goes to top-weight Mannered (1.15) from the yard of John Wade. The stable had a welcome winner with Dingo Bay last weekend, like to have winners at their local track and look to have found an ideal opportunity.
The selection has a Wetherby win to his name, but that was in a desperate three-runner race when the favourite departed early, but has the size and scope to make a chaser and remains lightly-raced for one of his years.
Lough Coi is falling in the weights, likes testing ground and both his career wins have been under today’s talented conditional. He looks the danger.
The best race of the day is, arguably, the opening Novices’ Hurdle with Irish raider Carrybridge, a winning point-to-pointer, sure to appreciate this test having run well when third here on her first start in a Bumper back in November.
She must go close but Sir Mangan (12.45) has some excellent form against decent yardsticks this term and, with the Donald McCain yard beginning to fire on all cylinders, he can give Jason Maguire, who rode his 100th winner of the season earlier in the week, another success as he tries to cement his place as second in the 2013/14 jockey’s standings. In the finale Gone Forever (3.45) can make it third time lucky for Brian Ellison having run well in both starts over shorter giving the impression stamina was his forte; he has attracted market support on both starts so he has obviously been showing plenty at home.
As a 4-y-o he receives 12lbs weight-for-age from his elders and his conditional jockey can certainly boot them home if he has the ammunition underneath him.
At Lingfield Clear Spell (3.00) can go one better than when run down close home over C&D and with the Ed Walker stable in good form, winner and a second with last couple of runners, Luke Morris is taken to make all.
The 10f handicap is fascinating with Olivers Mount a big danger having stayed on well over a mile earlier in the week suggesting a step back up in trip will suit but preference is for Kindlelight Storm (2.00) who might have been unfortunate in his first time blinkers when third on his first start over 10f last month.
He has a cracking draw and, if the blinkers work the oracle could score.