Today's racecards

Ludlow

  • 16:30 Ludlow Racing Partnership Handicap Hurdle2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 1.25s
  • Off time: 16:30:10
16:30 Ludlow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Just Rob 9/4
2nd Elk Trail (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4F7P49 White, Dark Blue epaulets, Light Blue sleeves Medicinal (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-12 t A B Haynes Nick Scholfield 121 9/110.00
2 204354 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Royal Max (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-5 vt M C Chapman S Gagan (7) 120 16/117.00
3 P/055-54 Black, Orange epaulets, armlets and cap Mon Michel (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 p1 G L Moore J E Moore 113 5/23.50
4 3180-73 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Just Rob 17
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 Ian Williams D R Dennis 112 9/43.25
5 27P3P7 Black and Red diabolo, Red cap Elk Trail (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-0 p1 M Mullineaux M Bradburne 109 12/113.00
6 652628 Maroon, White chevron, Black sleeves, Maroon cap, Black star Huguenot (IRE) 125
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-10 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 105 15/28.50
7 0-11734 Red, Yellow star, Red sleeves, Yellow spots, Red cap, Yellow star Crazy Bold (GER) 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-4 A W Carroll W Hutchinson 99 5/16.00

Verdict

JUST ROB gets the narrow vote in this handicap hurdle with Mon Michel and Crazy Bold next best as Huguenot looks one to take on. Our selection actually ran a fair race in last season's Triumph Hurdle behind Zaynar despite being basically outclassed, but this is much more his level and he could oblige on his third hurdles start of the year. The gelding has won once on the level and once over timber and it may be significant that both victories came on soft ground so with today's conditions ideal he could take some beating, especially as aged five he could have more to come. Further encouragement is drawn from the fact that his conqueror last time has gone in again since and the yard remains in decent form. Mon Michel has ability, acts with cut and is now 4lbs below his last winning mark. He was one place behind Just Rob when they met at Stratford and both should prefer the ground as it is here so we expect placings to be confirmed, but a similarly solid run may result in Mon Michel finishing a good second with the form of that race looking good for the grade. Huguenot may attract his share of market support as he hails from a yard in form and is very well treated on his form over fences but all this one's career wins have come on considerably quicker ground and he may even be taken out; connections have avoided soft ground since his one effort on it resulted in a crushing defeat. With that in mind we'll leave him alone until some sunshine is spotted and instead nominate Crazy Bold as the biggest threat to the aforementioned pair. Tony Carroll has had a decent winter with his limited string and this one ran well off 99 when last seen whilst his proven ability to act on soft suggests another good run can be expected. Royal Max has run well in the face of some stiff tasks but as a result this mark of 120 makes life tough for his return to the handicap ranks, whilst Paul Nicholl's couldn't get a win out of Medicinal this season and a switch in yards is unlikely to change that. Elk Trail could yet surprise a few with a big run under ideal conditions especially if the first time cheek-pieces spark a return to his best, but much less guesswork is required with Just Rob and he gets the vote.