2.10 Towcester – Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle
HOME FOR TEA caught my eye four starts back at Ludlow when not given an overly hard ride to get competitive in a novice hurdle event. He seemed to be running OK before a bad blunder two out stopped all momentum.
His following two starts on bad ground were poor, but back on a better surface at Wincanton last time out he produced his best run over hurdles. The ground seemed to show him in a better light and given we race on good going at Towcester today he may finally be able to get his head in front.
It’s his first run in a handicap and it’s hard not to feel like this is where connections felt he’d be best served. It’s low grade stuff, but he runs off a mark of 92 with another three pounds off with Ben Poste up.
Tom Symonds, the trainer, and Poste do quite well together and it’s another positive both have trained and ridden winners here before.
His mark may also be lenient, given he finished ahead of a 110 rated rival last time out, while giving him three pounds. This unique course is an unknown given the severe test of stamina, but his pedigree suggests a stiffer test is wanted and his handy style of racing (adopted last time out) is another plus on this track.
1pt each-way HOME FOR TEA @11/1 (Bet Fred, William Hill)