My Sunday Lucky 15 kicks off at Worcester in the opener. This race is named after Johnny Burke, who rode a Grand National winner and beat the mighty Red Rum. He used to ride for Fred Rimell – he was a gentleman and I knew him quite well from my days riding for Simon Christian.
My selection in here is based on a run of recent events, I was working at Fontwell on Friday and Neil Mullholland won with two outsiders and when that starts to happen it can pay to jump on the bandwagon.
He has Boy In A Bentley in this race and this horse ran some good races last season before his form tailed off. He is very capable and with the recent rain that hit the track not being a negative this fella can go very well with Tom Scudamore riding on a high at the moment. I was temped by Midnight Gem but she has only managed one win in 17 starts over fences and that is just enough doubt to make me go for Tom Scu’s mount.
The booking of the champion jockey for Go Another One is a massive positive in this. A winner at Clonmel over fences, this horse has solid form to his name over hurdles at some decent tracks.
Add in the grade 3 he won at Thurles and this makes this lad nap material. Not Now Seamus was unlucky at Newton Abbot but has a little to find on ratings with my selection.
While writing this and looking at David Pipe’s stats, he has had two winners and a 3rd placing from his last three runners. That constitutes a trainer in form and for that reason his entry here has to be taken seriously.
Hot Ryan got the better of Superefficient last time at Worcester, and with only a slight turnaround at the weights I take her to confirm superiority over Dan Skelton’s charge.
Harry Skelton is going all out to try be champion jockey this season and he will hope Mister Universum can go one better than last time at Market Rasen when going down by a nostril.
His form is solid and I take him to win here at the expense of Doubly Clever. This horse won nicely under today’s rider at the track and only up 6lb for that will be a big danger.