Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s races and highlights a strong chasing debutante running at Sedgefield as his NAP of the day with Unibet.Sign up with BetVictor today, place your first bet of £5 on our NAP at Sedgefield and you’ll receive £30 in free bets.
3:05pm Sedgefield Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Beginners’ Chase (Class 4) 2m3½f
Western Ryder looks a really classy beast when he burst onto the scene as a novice, beating Lalor and Summerville Boy at Cheltenham’s November meeting. Since then, though, Warren Greatrex’s charge hasn’t managed to get his head over the line. Although he has placed in some big graded races and handicaps, that inability to win has to count against him somewhat.
During his short career to date, I haven’t thought Western Ryder was a horse begging to jump a fence. Plus, his he didn’t seem that comfortable on the two previous occasions he’s tried his hand at trips further than a mile. So, taking everything into account, there’s plenty of value in backing WINDSOR AVENUE (NAP) against the odds-on favourite on Sunday.
Unlike Western Ryder, who started off on the flat, Windsor Avenue had a couple of runs in point-to-points, winning nicely on the second of those runs. Two supremely comfortable victories followed in National Hunt bumpers, before Brian Ellison’s seven-year-old narrowly lost out to Al Dancer on his first attempt at hurdling.
Windsor Avenue made up for that narrow debut defeat with an easy victory over this trip at Hexham, before coming up just half-a-length short of Ask Ben and Beakstown in a high-quality novice contest up at Newcastle. Brian Hughes was then in the saddle as Windsor Avenue destroyed Hill Sixteen by 15 lengths when carrying a penalty here at Sedgefield, before Ellison’s charge rounded off a strong first season over obstacles with a fine second behind Rouge Vif in the Grade Two at Kelso in March.
Windsor Avenue boasts strong form over course-and-distance and always looked the type who would improve over fences. Brian Ellison has started the jumps season well and jockey, Brian Hughes, has racked up over twice as many winners here at Sedgefield than any other jockey in the last five years, winning with almost 25% of his rides. With the favourite looking vulnerable, Winsdor Avenue’s price of 15/8 looks excellent value to me!