Loader’s Lucky 15 – Four horses to back at Sedgefield, Huntingdon and Lingfield
Chris Loader picks out four horses to back today, covering races at Sedgefield, Huntingdon and Lingfield on Friday 10th January.
Thursday was a tough day to swallow with some disappointments and hard luck stories but Little Bruce was able to save us with some redemption, to win for Phil Kirby in the North Yorkshire National at Catterick. I’ve got my fingers crossed we can have the winning Friday feeling.
Friday’s Lucky 15
Honourmission finally broke his maiden status under rules on Boxing Day with victory over the course and distance at Sedgefield. Sam England’s gelding won with some authority and the 6lb rise looks manageable,she’s trainer that can often rack up a sequence of wins with a horse and it looks like the six-year-old has a solid chance here. Furthermore the form was boosted today as the second placed horse That’s My Dubai won at Catterick on Thursday. I’m fairly confident he will be favourite and he can provide us with a winning start.
On The Slopes keeps running well at the moment but often finds one too good. However I think today might be his day. Chris Gordon’s team just keep churning out the winners at the moment most recently carding a double at Plumpton on Sunday. The son of Librettist finished third in a hot Novices’ Handicap Chase at Kempton last time out behind stablemate Comanche Red. That race last season was a hotbed of form providing many subsequent winners. On The Slopes is a front runner who likes to get on with things and with a lack of front runners it looks likely he could make the running. With some of his rivals having little experience over fences, his previous efforts could provide him with the cutting edge.
Fox Power ran an encouraging race at Chelmsford last month to finish in fourth place, fading in the closing stages. That was the four-year-old’s first run since winning a Listed Race at Newcastle on Good Friday. He is most likely to come forward for that effort and with rival Librisa Breeze shouldering top weight he looks well treated. Moreover he likes to get on with things and being drawn in stall one and dropping back in trip he looks to have things in his favour. If he wins then a plan could be hatched for a crack on All Weather Finals Day.
Benechenko showed some promise when he was a novice hurdler finishing second in a race at Wincanton that yielded the likes of White Moon, Mister Malarky & Dan McGrue who are rated considerably higher than the selection now. Since coming back from a long absence in November and going over fences he looks to be coming back to form with stamina being his forte. His trainer Fergal O’Brien seems to have found a winnable race and he’s got a good record at Sedgefield being 5-19 (26%) in the past five seasons. His last run was a decent effort behind an in form One Style and was dropped 1lb. With Connor Brace claiming 3lbs it means Benechenko looks even better weighted. He’s my banker leg of the day