2.05 Wincanton, Tuesday, May 12

In the Racing UK Your Racing Home From Home Handicap Hurdle (2.05) at Wincanton on Tuesday, Karl Marx is 5lb higher in the weights than when beaten 1¼ lengths by Urcalin in a 0-110 contest over course and distance last month, but can take advantage of a slight drop back in class. Urcalin has since followed up, by 15 lengths, in a 0-120 contest at Kempton, so the form looks substantially better than it did at the time and suggests that, despite the weight rise, Karl Marx is extremely well handicapped.

Mark Gillard’s five-year-old has won just twice from 22 starts over hurdles but, to be fair, was for a long time fighting a losing battle against the handicapper. The assessor took exception to his win in a selling hurdle at Exeter in March last year, raising him 18lb an effectively putting paid to his chances in handicaps. His current mark of 87 is much more realistic and he could yet rate a little higher now that he’s managed to win again. The son of Red Clubs is 7lb worse off for the 1¾ lengths he beat Titch Strider over course and distance on his penultimate start, but appeared to better that form last time and deserves a chance to confirm that promise.

Selection: Wincanton 2.05 Karl Marx to win

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