GOING IN SEARCH OF GOOD GROUND.
We will be doubly represented at Huntingdon on Tuesday where both of our runners should get the good ground that they both need to bring out the best in them.
At 1.0.pm, in the extended two miles and three furlongs 0-105 novices handicap chase, Who's The Guv'Nor should finally get the ground he needs. He was withdrawn late on at Musselburgh last Wednesday when the ground was considered too soft, and should find underfoot conditions more to his liking this time. This will be Who's The Guv'Nor's chase debut after showing decent form on occasions over hurdles, particularly when second at Market Rasen back in June. This step up in trip is what he needs, and he will once again be ridden by his regular jockey Alain Cawley,
Our other runner must be one of the best handicapped horses in training, but of course races are not run on paper. The Rutland Rebel goes to post at 3.0.pm, in the 0-100 handicap hurdle over the extended two and a half miles, with Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride. On his most recent flat start in September The Rutland Rebel finished a sound second at Pontefract off a mark of 70, and gets in here with a mark of only 86, so his handicap chance is obvious. This will be his fifth start over hurdles and he is yet to show any worthwhile form, but all of those races were run on a soft surface. The ground at Huntingdon on his last start four weeks ago was officially good, but just prior to the race the heavens opened to Biblical standards, which continued during the race. If The Rutland Rebel fails to be competitive this time, then it will be back to flat, racing on the all weather over the winter months.
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Good luck to the connections, Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw, and Ryder Sugden.