Today's racecards

Ludlow

  • 13:05 Oldfield Beginners' Chase2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 14.60s
  • Off time: 13:05:29
13:05 Ludlow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Latanier (FR) 15/8
2nd Distiller (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1403-6P Orange, white triple diamond Circus of Dreams 15
Nag me
6 11-1 v1 O Sherwood L Aspell 112 25/126.00
2 03210-0 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Distiller (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-1 b1 N A Twiston-Davies T Molloy (5) 14/115.00
3 4/15334- RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hell's Bay (FR) 213
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 11/82.38
5 1310-94 BLACK, Pink spots Latanier (FR) 12
Nag me
6 11-1 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 125 15/82.88
6 070/148- MAUVE, YELLOW panel and cuffs, quartered cap Paddleyourowncanoe (IRE) 374
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-1 Mrs E Baker S Quinlan (3) 25/126.00
7 4118-71 Yellow, Red Chevrons, Red Cap Rockiteer (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-1 H D Daly A Tinkler 7/24.50
Non runners
4020P12Is It Me (USA)611-1Mrs S LeechNon Runner

Verdict

HELL'S BAY may have been beaten out of sight by Diamond Harry in the Challow Hurdle last season, but that level of form is better than anything offered Distiller, Latanier and Is It Me; so this appears to be a good starting point over fences for the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding. The champion trainer seems to have turned the corner with his string and it would come as no surprise to see a flood of winners coming from the yard in the run-up to Christmas. This son of Supreme Leader has plenty of scope as a chaser and can be expected to be hard to beat today. Is It Me gained a confidence booster in a selling hurdle at Uttoxeter before going close over fences here earlier in the month. He is holding his form well but this is a stronger test than he has faced for a while, so he has a bit to prove. Latanier is getting the hang of things and can be a thorn in the side of the selection, while Distiller would be dangerous to rule out if he is revived by the fitting of blinkers for the first time. However, Hell's Bay is a stand out on the evidence available and looks the safest option in this Beginners' Chase.