In the Win A Holiday To Sri Lanka Handicap Chase (3.40) – I didn’t think these race titles could get any worse but, evidently, they can – at Newbury on Thursday, Trickaway wasn’t beaten far in a similar race at Ludlow four weeks ago and may be able to resume winning ways. The winner that day, Gallery Exhibition, has since been put firmly in his place, off a 5lb higher mark, in a Class 2 novices’ event at Kelso, but it still represented a career-best effort by Philip Hobbs’ 7-year-old.
In fact, the form has already been franked by the third, Until Winning, who won a 0-120 contest at Wincanton last week with a minimum of fuss, so a 3lb rise in the weights appears far from prohibitive. The Stowaway gelding has made steady, if unspectacular, progress since sent over fences in October and, having won a point-to-point on good going earlier in his career, shouldn’t be inconvenienced by faster underfoot conditions.
Richard Johnson is the third most successful jockey at Newbury over the last five seasons and Philip Hobbs is the fifth most successful in the same period, so the statistics are in his favour and Trickaway makes no little appeal at 7/1 around in the early price lists.
Selection: Newbury 3.40 Trickaway to win