After Iroko made a mockery of his opening price yesterday, it’s another chase debutant who gets the NAP treatment on Wednesday.
Having fetched £78,000 after winning between the flags a couple of years ago, it’s hard to argue that Hot Rod Lincoln has been anything but disappointing to date.
Harry Fry’s seven-year-old began life under rules with a respectable effort in a maiden hurdle at Chepstow late last year, but was 5/12 and then pulled up in his subsequent two starts.
He was much better on his fourth attempt, when third off an opening mark of 110 in a decent handicap at Sandown back in February, before finally getting off the mark in a modest maiden at Fontwell a few months later.
Now he’s sent chasing, which is what he was bought for. This should be his game, and all that.
His PTP victory was a good one, clocking an RPR of 90 in beating Gordon Elliott’s now 129-rated Ballykeel by eight lengths, with the majority of the other runners failing to finish.
He looks the type who could improve hand over fist for fences, especially now he’s tackling three miles for the first time – as a son of Westerner and out of a Flemensfirth mare, he’s certainly bred for this distance.
A mark of 109 could therefore prove lenient and this 0-120 novices’ handicap chase doesn’t look a strong race, so I think the selection is well worth chancing on Wednesday.
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