In the WRW Group Handicap Hurdle (8.40) at Ffos Las on Thursday, Paul Moloney is already 4-5 on Pennant Dancer and appears to have every chance of improving that record. A 7lb penalty for winning at Worcester last week puts Debra Hamer’s 8-year-old on a career-high mark, but he won with plenty in hand and looks capable of defying the handicapper once again.
So far this season, connections are plotting a similar course as last season for the Grape Tree Road gelding. His form tailed off a little after winning two of his three starts in April, May and June last season, but he looks an improved horse this season, so it would be no surprise if he held his form for longer this time around.
Pennant Dancer drops back three furlongs in distance, but won over 2 miles 5 furlongs at Towcester in April and, although 2 miles 4 furlongs is probably a minimum for him, he’s hard to oppose. He’s won on good to firm, good and good to soft going, so should run his race whatever the weather in West Wales and looks a decent bet to complete a hat-trick.
Selection: Ffos Las 8.40 Pennant Dancer to win