Early Bird – 9th April

3:55 Ludlow – Ifandbutwhynot

A 12yo now but still has particularly strong trends which have born out well for this horse in the past. It’s record in fields of 8 or less on good to soft or faster during February to April reads 1F12112. A winner of this race last year off just a 2lb lower mark it had a very nice prep 15 days ago at Carlisle when second. A front runner who looks likely to get at least an uncontested lead here, with a good round of jumping it should give us a decent run for our money.

1.5pt win Ifandbutwhynot @ 6/1 Betfair and Paddy Power

 

7:15 Wolverhampton – Western Way

Consistent performer who ran really well last time having got detached for some of the way before travelling well into the lead. Just got found out by a rival ho was fit from hurdling and looked potentially well handicapped, the pair pulling well clear of the field. Gone up a few pound for that run though it looks a smart move to bring in talented Rossa Ryan for the ride who can claim 5lb here. Happy to take on the favourite who is coming here on the back of winning three in a row, the last of these at Southwell, where form rarely translates across to the other a/w tracks. Horses who win at Southwell have a poor record on their next run if it is not back at the fibresand track.

1.5pt win Western Way @ 9/2 widely available