Nigel Twiston-Davies bids for further success on Thursday
Gloucester based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has his team in red-hot form, operating at a 31% strike rate in recent weeks. The yard sends out four runners across the country on Thursday and our expert editor has analysed each individual runner below.
Supasunrise (1:55 Chepstow – Brett Martin Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Hurdle)
The yard’s first runner of the day comes in Chepstow’s opening contest and whist SUPASUNRISE has shown little in his hurdle outings in novice and handicap company, the often keen going six-year-old should benefit from returning to the minimum distance after failing to get competitive over further.
Supasunrise remains lightly raced over timber after just five starts and although others in Thursday’s contest have achieved more in recent starts, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge should still have improvement to come in this sphere and perhaps he can step forward now the yard is in considerably better form.
Call Blue (3:40 Huntingdon – Racing Tv Mares’ Handicap Hurdle)
Nigel Twiston-Davies sole runner at Huntingdon comes in the concluding contest with handicap debutant CALL BLUE, who displayed encouraging signs on her penultimate start at Uttoxeter when running her best race for connections.
The five-year-old was taken on for the lead early on that occasion and despite being outpaced by eventual winner Corey’s Courage, the mare stuck to her task in behind and finished a respectable fourth.
Call Blue failed to back that pleasing effort up at Hereford last time out, however, connections reported that the mare had bled during the race and that latest effort can be easily forgiven.
Call Blue should appreciate going up in trip on recent evidence and if none the worse for that latest Hereford run, the mare should be able to confirm her earlier promise and get off the mark.
Summit Like Herbie (4:05 Chepstow – Polyroof Products Handicap Chase)
SUMMIT LIKE HERBIE capitalised on a career-low mark at Doncaster three starts back when running away with a Class 5 handicap chase at Doncaster before running a creditable second under a penalty for connections at Fakenham.
Although forced to pull up on his latest outing at Ffos Las in February, the ten-year-old failed to cope with the heavy going and was one of seven runners in that contest who failed to finish due to the attritional conditions.
Returning to a sounder surface on Thursday, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge should fair considerably better returning to 3miles and the ten-year-old is still more than capable of winning from his current mark.
Moveit Like Minnie (4:35 Chepstow – Ashcroft Services Handicap Hurdle)
Dual bumper winner MOVEIT LIKE MINNIE has yet to get his head in front over hurdles in four outings but connections will be confident he can make it fifth time lucky on Thursday now upped in trip.
The five-year-old has bumped into some well-treated individuals in his starts over timber, including when chasing home Dan Skelton’s highly regarded Knickerbockerglory at Taunton in January.
Moveit Like Minnie could only manage fourth on his latest start at Ludlow in March, however, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge never travelled from flag fall over 2miles but stayed on in the closing stages when finishing behind a pair of subsequent winners.
The five-year-old certainly won’t be winning out of turn if successful on Thursday and unless one of the handicap debutants are extremely well treated, his claims are obvious towards the top of the market and rates a leading contender in a race that shouldn’t take a lot of winning.