Tip of the Day: Gone for a Burton (again)
Ben Linfoot is rowing back in on a non-runner he tipped last week at Sedgefield on Tuesday.
Burton Port: His half brother can win at Sedgefield
I was keen on Burtons Well at Wincanton last week when he was a non-runner, but a similar argument for him applies in the Betfred Lotto '100k Cash Giveaway' Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) at Sedgefield, where he hopefully will reappear this time, this afternoon.
Venetia Williams has hit her stride now the weather has turned and we are now approaching the time of year the yard traditionally gets going.
With that in mind, and with the ground riding soft up at Sedgefield, Trevor Hemmings' Burtons Well makes plenty of appeal, despite a 618-day absence from the track.
The half-brother to the classy Burton Port looked an exciting prospect when he won his novice hurdle on debut from some likely types, including Buckhorn Timothy, now rated 138 over fences, but a few reverses in similar company (fell when five lengths clear in one race) was the precursor to a spell on the sidelines.
However, chasing was always going to be his game and now, his fencing debut, off a mark of 125, could well be the time to catch him, despite that long absence.
Rated 130 over hurdles, this looks a lenient chase mark and the handicapper has perhaps gone a bit easy on him because of his time away from the game.
Yet with the excellent Charlie Deutsch taking off a further 5lb, this looks a good opportunity for the Well Chosen gelding.
Waiting Patiently is the one to beat for the in-form Malcolm Jefferson yard and he did win at Sedgefield over hurdles, but that was over two-and-a-half miles and he might need further to show his best.
Burtons Well may well appreciate further in time, too, but his novice hurdling exploits suggest he'll be fine at this trip, especially granted an aggressive ride, and he looks an exciting option against the market leader. Anything around 5/1 with the Best Odds Guaranteed proviso looks fair.
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