Timeform expert Dan Barber has picked out his top tips ahead of action at Sedgefield and Bangor on Tuesday.
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It’s been a poor year so far for the juveniles but maybe we’re starting to warm up a bit as the most interesting runner we’ve seen so far in a juvenile hurdle goes in this – MAGNA MORALIA.
We tipped up a hurdling debutant last time and they won, so we’re hoping for the same again here. He was an 84-rated Flat horse on the Timeform figures, and John Quinn has middle-distance form after winning twice already this year.
He was six out of nine last time and his run was so-so, but that form is significantly better than any of the rest can shout about on the flat.
John Quinn has a good record with his juvenile hurdlers, this is his first one of the campaign and I think he can be a winning one.
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CHRISTOPHER ROBIN has been on a bit of a retrieval mission of late. He was with Joseph O’Brien but then the wheels came off pretty badly during his time with Tom Lacey last season. His handicap mark went from 122 to 99, and when it dropped to 94 on his second start for this stable he ended up going on and winning a race at Southwell.
He’s gone up by 6lbs again but he was in the frame on both outings since and he’s building back up to something. He’s unexposed around this sort of trip, and was just touched off at Uttoxeter last time but the winner Quivvy Lough – a 100/1 shot that day – has since been a much shorter price at another handicap and shaped like the best horse in the race but paid for getting racing too far out.
Christopher Robin may have the edge here, with Tom Lacey bringing him back to the sort of form that we saw from him a couple of seasons ago.
This is a close run race. Top of the Timeform ratings is To Fly Free – a David Pipe juvenile hurdler – and she gets the allowance as a three-year-old. The trouble is there is a slight stamina concern.
The ground is good at Sedgefield so it should be a bit of a speed test, but it’s an extended two miles. She looks like a speed horse and she might be outstayed by a horse only a couple of lbs behind her – ZAMARKHAN.
This horse is no star and still a maiden, but has spent most of his time with Lucy Normile. He joined Sandy Thomson prior to his reappearance and shaped fairly well. He was sixth of 16 at Southwell, and he’ll be better for that run. He’s also had a breathing operation since then.
A second start for a different yard, well handicapped on the pick of his previous form and the breathing operation is an angle that we can try and tap into. If that improves him, Ryan Mania may be steering home another winner.
SOCIALIST AGENDA is two from two but has been sold since. Still with Laura Morgan, who has done great work with him so far, but Jimmy Fyffe is a powerful owner and has invested in an unbeaten animal.
Two runs at Market Rasen and he’s looked a speed horse in both. He runs against another previous winner in Wellntyne but that horse won on heavy ground at Bangor in a real war of attrition. This could be a different test and that would only suit Socialist Agenda, considering the flat family that he’s from and the speed he has shown in winning both starts to date.
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