THIS time of year sees the usual merry-go-round of jump jockeys swapping stables and starting new retainers. But I was surprised when it was announced that Bryan Cooper would ride Alan Potts’ horses trained in the UK. Robbie Power, who was magnificent last season as Potts’ number one, will ride the owner’s horses in Ireland. While Cooper is a fine rider, why fix something that isn’t broken? I can’t help feeling this may not end well and a penny for Power’s thoughts this morning…. Cooper will mainly ride Colin Tizzard’s horses trained by Potts such as Finian’s Oscar and Fox Norton. Watch this space.
Cooper kicks off his new role at Ludlow today on Exxaro (3.00) and Mick Thonic (4.00). The latter looks to have a solid chance but may play second fiddle to Bigmartre on his chasing debut who has a good record first time out. I also like Miss Mobot (2.25) who is quirky but has ability and trip and ground look ideal for her. She’s not one to risk the life savings on though.
Gamble on course specialist
One who has been heavily backed is Fled Or Pled (4.10) at Towcester. It is the only ride of Brian Hughes and the horse is something of a course specialist. He has been supported from 5/1 into 11/4.
A bit more value is Dubaitwentytwenty (5.25 Nottingham) who ran okay on her reappearance and has been nibbled at in the market into a general 11/2 shot.
Fool For You (7/2) was a good winner for this column yesterday, showing good speed in his victory at Catterick. Gorse (8/1 SP, 14/1 early price), who we also recommended each-way, came third and looks like a winner waiting to happen.
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