Today's racecards

Ludlow

  • 14:50 Racing Uk Handicap Chase2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 28.30s
  • Off time: 14:50:08
14:50 Ludlow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Just Smudge 4/1
2nd Tyup Pompey (IRE) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31414-3 Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Ordre de Bataille (FR) 30
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 H D Daly A Tinkler 125 5/23.50
2 1/1P00-6 Red, White inverted triangle, hooped sleeves and cap The Hollow Bottom 30
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-11 N A Twiston-Davies David England 124 8/19.00
3 11554-P Light Blue, Dark Blue chevrons, halved sleeves, Light Blue and Dark Blue quartered cap Just Smudge 12
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 117 4/15.00
4 P5515-7 White, Purple stars, Light Green sleeves, Orange cap, Purple star Ballinderry Park (FR) 13
Nag me
6 11-3 C J Mann P Toole (5) 116 7/24.50
5 87-130P ORANGE, BLUE and BROWN quartered cap Tyup Pompey (IRE) 59
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-10 Mrs A Price L Stephens (3) 109 33/134.00
6 6PF-578 Royal Blue, Yellow stripe, chevrons on sleeves, Yellow cap Shindig 51
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-8 Tim Vaughan R J Killoran (3) 107 12/113.00
7 2/2312-U Purple, White star, striped sleeves, Red cap Nelson (FR) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-7 B R Summers Alex Merriam (5) 106 9/25.50
Non runners
810U-2PPPrince Massini (IRE)810-7Evan WilliamsMr M Griffiths106

Verdict

ORDRE DE BATAILLE represents a trainer with a very healthy strike-rate at Ludlow and is taken as the best bet from this modest bunch; Shindig and The Hollow Bottom have both hinted at a revival of late and can make a fist of things, while Nelson will be suited by the conditions and makes some appeal despite having struggled at this level in the past. That said, Nelson had been in great form prior to unseating Michael Murphy at Uttoxeter nine days ago and, as Alex Merriam knows him well, he is no forlorn hope in this company. The Hollow Bottom has plenty of respectable course form to his name and, with his yard going great guns; he has to make the shortlist. However, he does need to turn back the clock and there is a large element of risk attached where his will to win is concerned. Shindig won over this trip in Ireland earlier in his career and, given trainer Tim Vaughan's reputation with other people's cast-offs, this fellow shouldn┬┐t be underestimated. Strong support in the betting market would be a dangerous to ignore. However, Ordre De Bataille, whose yard won this race last year, is expected to be a lot sharper after his reappearance last month. A glance at his statistics suggests he is the type to improve for a run and now may be the time to side with the Henry Daly-trained top weight.