A very interesting maiden hurdle, with Mount Windsor bringing bumper-winning form to the table and Get Back Get Back coming off the back of a satisfactory hurdles debut when 2nd here to the 129 Golden Taipan.
While both of them are very interesting, it is Glory And Fortune that catches my eye on his hurdles debut. A £75k Fame And Glory gelding, he was pitched straight into a 4 year old Listed Cheltenham bumper on debut and was heavily backed and didn’t disappoint, powering up the hill to win easily by 4 & ½ lengths.
His trainer, Tom Lacey, resisted the temptation to go for the Cheltenham bumper, and his patience may be rewarded now he goes hurdling, with the assistance of Richard Johnson in the saddle a plus. With the Tom Lacey yard after making a decent start to the new National Hunt season, I can see Glory And Fortune making a winning hurdles debut and developing into a nice novice hurdler this season.
Burmeze Blazer isn’t the most prolific winner – as his record of one win in thirty one starts suggests – but his only win came over this course and distance last year off a mark of 62.
He now finds himself running off a seven pound lower mark of 55 and has shown that he retains ability when hitting the frame at races at Hamilton and Musselburgh earlier in the season off higher marks than here.
He handles testing ground, which will inconvenience plenty in this field and he makes each-way appeal in an open looking race.
I’m taking a chance on one returning from a 125-day break here in Falmouth Light, but he is very ground-dependent and has been kept back for soft ground this autumn. A maiden winner on his debut as a two year old for Mark Johnston, he didn’t win again until his stable debut for Ian Jardine at Doncaster in June 2018. He was coming off a break that day and was a decent looking class 3 handicap off a mark of 76.
He ran well last season when getting his favoured soft ground, regularly hitting the frame off marks between 79 and 80 and comes here off a mark of 77, which is just a pound higher than that last win. With the ground in his favour and his ability to run well fresh proven, he looks worth chancing each-way in a competitive looking handicap.