The Messenger previews Thursday's Horse racing and he has a bet on Kildisart at Towcester and Moscato at Ludlow.
Ballyhill won last time out but he looks short in this contest and with Moscato stepping up from the minimum trip to 21 furlongs, he looks the one to side with at odds which are better than around the 1/1 that we expected.
The selection is now with Oliver Sherwood and he made an encouraging debut over hurdles when he was a staying on 3rd behind the impressive Cultivator at Ascot. He could get nowhere near the winner, but the trip was on the sharp side for a horse that was a 94 rated stayer on the flat and who needed every yard of 2 miles to be effective. He was very effective on decent ground so that will not be a factor here and although the track might be a little sharper than ideal, he should be able to travel fine over this longer distance. His hurdling was quite efficient first time up and although he faces some reasonable rivals here, there is plenty of upside with a horse that was not that busy during the 2016 season and should have plenty to offer for his new yard.
1 point win Moscato at 11/8 with Stan James
This is a really interesting bumper and it could be well above the normal standard that you expect at this venue.
Track form is represented by the promising Robin The Raven, who ran very well last time when beaten by Mr One More, while Instant Replay is sure to improve on his second last time at Fakenham. Thomas Shelby would be really interesting if the ground was softer as this stamina bred son of Witness Box ran well on soft first time at Kempton and would have had a big say if the ground had come in his favour.
It is the point to pointers that take the eye here and while The Wicket Chicken is the shortest of them in the market, Benechenko looks a nice horse based on his Dawstown win and is preferred. However on good ground, the selection is the Ben Pauling trained Kildisart. He was a very good 2nd at Loughanmore in March and that venue is an excellent schooling ground for future national hunt horses. The winner has been sold for 110k to the Nicky Henderson yard, while the 3rd won easily next time. Kildisart stayed on nicely, despite not impressing with some of his jumps and he looks a horse that has plenty of ability. Ben Pauling is starting to hit form and this is a big weekend for him, with Barters Hill out tomorrow. The good ground should suit the son of Dubai Destination and he makes appeal at the 7/1 generally available.
1 point each way Kildisart at 7/1 with Paddy Power, Coral and Bet365