London – There have been signs of late that Philip Hobbs is emerging from a very quiet spell, which makes his Ballygown Bay of interest in the Premier League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle at Plumpton.
Having notched up over 100 winners for the last four seasons, Hobbs will be nowhere near breaking three figures this time around, which shows what a lean time he has endured.
However, the run of Gumball, who was second in a Grade 1 at Aintree this week, and a couple of recent winners, will have given him hope his string are through the worst of whatever was ailing them.
Ballygown Bay has only had two runs over timber, finishing third both times, and the form of his first run at Warwick is particularly interesting.
The odds-on winner, Herewego Herewego, is now rated 132 and Ballygowan Bay was just over six lengths behind, which reads well in the context of a race of this nature.
Baddesley Knight has shaped well in two bumpers to date for Chris Gordon and can make it third time lucky.
Third at Fontwell and second at Newbury, the winner of the latter race went on to run respectably in a Listed event so the 188Bet Live Casino Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race should be within his grasp.
Warren Greatrex’s Another Emotion showed up very well on his debut under rules at Chepstow last month and will not have to be a world beater to win the Ladbrokes Download The App Novices’ Hurdle at Ffos Las.
Second to a nice type in The Last Day over 3200m, he looks sure to be suited by the extra 800m, even in very testing ground.
As a former point-to-pointer, he will be in his element over 4800m in time.
Harry Fry’s Behind Time lost all chance when he made a bad mistake at Haydock a fortnight ago but he was pulled up soon after so will not have had a hard race.
Prior to that, he beat a nice sort in Big River at Uttoxeter, showing heavy ground does not stop him, and the seven-year-old is surely better than a rating of 127.
Behindthelines has just been touched off the last twice, but looks to have a straightforward opportunity in the Border Minstrel Novices’ Hurdle at Newcastle.
Lucinda Russell’s six-year-old was beaten less than a length at Ayr and just a neck at Hexham, and the step up to 4800m in heavy ground will suit. – Press Association
SELECTIONS (UK starting times):
CORK: 2.00 Expected, 2.30 Bloomfield, 3.05 Playa Blanca, 3.35 Gymkhana, 4.10 Arthurian Flame, 4.45 Our Anniversary, 5.15 An Saighdiur.
FFOS LAS: 2.05 Another Emotion, 2.40 Vicenzo Mio, 3.10 Alf ‘N’ Dor, 3.45 Behind Time, 4.20 Garran City, 4.50 Cruising Bye, 5.20 Mick Manhattan.
NEWCASTLE: 2.25 Roo Roo, 3.00 Sharney Sike, 3.30 Snougar, 4.05 Swing Hard, 4.40 Behindthelines, 5.10 Massini’s Lady, 5.40 Dedigout.
PLUMPTON: 2.15 Sunday In The Park, 2.50 Mr Jim, 3.20 BALLYGOWN BAY (NAP), 3.55 No Buts, 4.30 Indian Reel, 5.00 Show’s Over, 5.30 Baddesley Knight.
TRAMORE: 1.50 The Bread Winner, 2.20 Touch Base, 2.55 Wee Small Hours, 3.25 All Hell Let Loose, 4.00 Angus Milan, 4.35 Joxer, 5.05 Kiss Me Kayf.
DOUBLE: Ballygown Bay and Behindthelines.