Wednesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the Fixed Brush Finale at Worcester

We take a look through the runners in today’s big handicap finale at Worcester and provide readers with our tips on Wednesday 23rd October.

All eyes will be on Papa Tango Charley at Worcester on Wednesday, as Jonjo O’Neill’s expensive purchase makes his first start under rules. Meanwhile, the biggest prize will be up for grabs in the Fixed Brush Finale for novice hurdlers and our expert has taken a look at each of the 13 entrants to figure out his best bet.

Wednesday’s Race Of The Day at Worcester

Arcade Attraction

Qualified for this finale with a distant fifth here at Worcester in September. First run over two-and-a-half mile and has shown nothing to suggest he’s capable of winning off current mark of 113.

Bold Record

Managed to win on second start for stable at Uttoxeter in June before placing in decent contest at Market Rasen. Suffered heavy defeat in handicap over course-and-distance last time though and has only been dropped a pound for his troubles.

Calvanist

Rated just 58 on the flat and yet to win in three starts over jumps to date. Showed promise with a close second at Uttoxeter last time out, but will have to improve on that markedly if he wants to get involved in this much-higher quality contest.

Colditz Castle

Has produced some decent efforts in-behind talented rivals and performed reasonably well to place second over course-and-distance last time out. Still a maiden and rating has been sliding in recent starts. Offers little appeal.

Cotton End

Placed four times in six starts since arriving from Ireland and has shown signs of promise. Was comfortably beaten by one of today’s rivals in September though, and was pushed up the handicap by four pounds despite a 20-length defeat last time out.

Hattaab

Won a three-mile maiden here by ten lengths in September, before coming up three lengths short in a handicap two weeks later. Up three pounds in the handicap following that effort, which seems a little unfair considering what he was up against that day. Could struggle.

Larkbarrow Lad

Claimed an elusive victory at Southwell in March, having placed second on all three of his previous efforts over hurdles. Ran well over course-and-distance last month, beating a couple of Wednesday’s rivals when finishing a close second. Could be a big player once again.

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Connor Brace, seen here winning on Verdana Blue, will ride Pink Eyed Pedro for his father, David on Wednesday.

 

Pink Eyed Pedro

Has been on the go since April and booked place in this final with a ten-length course-and-distance back in July. Won once over fences and placed second twice since then, running Byron Flyer close at Ludlow last time out. Looks well-treated based on chasing mark.

Queen’s Magic

Beat Cotton End fairly comfortably here in September and followed up with an even-more impressive victory over this trip at Perth. Has been beaten by five and six lengths on both starts in handicaps to date. Unsure how much more there is to come.

The Vollan

Placed fourth over course-and-distance when last seen, crossing the line nine lengths behind runner-up, Larkbarrow Lad. Gap between the two in the weights has reversed now, thanks to Tom Buckley’s claimer and first-time cheek-pieces could help. Has a little to prove though.

West Coast Flyer

Got the better of one of today’s rivals over two miles here in July and the second has managed to win since. Comfortably beaten when odds-on favourite when last seen in August and has never run over the minimum distance before.

Winding Roe

Well held on first four starts over hurdles. Managed to claim a comfortable win when last seen, but only faced two rivals that day and principle rivals underperformed considerably. Not for me.

Yccs Portocervo

Won two of last three starts, only defeat coming to West Coast Flyer here in July. Stayed on gamely from the front to win on first start over trip further than two miles the last day and proved he didn’t mind cut in the ground. Handicap mark looks a little high though.

Verdict

Larkbarrow Lad Looks a worthy favourite, but I’m going to take a slight chance and back PINK EYED PEDRO, who’s rated 15 pounds higher than this over fences, so there’s plenty to suggest he can improve beyond his current mark over hurdles.

David Brace’s charge has proven himself to be very adept over both hurdles and fences, with his only poor outing coming when stepped up to three miles for the first time under rules. Really seemed to enjoy these fixed brush hurdles when claiming a ten-length victory here during the summer. Has handled cut in the ground before and Conor Brace’s five-pound claimer will come in handy. Pink Eyed Pedro looks a solid each-way bet.