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Eades has high hopes for North Ledbury point-to-point
2:48pm Wednesday 30th April 2014 in Sport
TIM Eades’ stable’s winning run can continue in Monday’s North Ledbury meeting.
The Storridge trainer holds four of the six entries in the Members race at Maisemore Park, near Gloucester.
The Magherally Man won again at Brampton Bryan last weekend so may have a rest, while In the Dock, Winds of War and Bamboleo are preferred in that order.
Mervyn Jones won the race last year with Pickersleigh and although the mare does not boast the same fine form this time, Heather Ridley is sure to have her primed.
Tash Seely enjoyed a good ride at Andoversford on Brize Norton and they could cause an upset.
The Fillies and Mares race looks a straight fight between Double Mead and Flying Gnu.
Alex Dunn’s mount ran badly last time so will be on a retrieval mission, while Flying Gnu makes her seasonal debut.
Tom Weston holds the key to the Restricted with Cold Knight and Soutine holding entries.
The Hindlip trainer-jockey needs a few more winners to pass his best total and his stable selection is sure to start favourite.
It took Lygon Legend until his 11th year to lose his Maiden certificate but a Bitterley victory suggested this might not have been a one-off, although his jumping remains a concern.
Maybe Plenty blotted his copybook at Chaddesley Corbett two weeks ago, while The Snickett and The Gunner Brady could run into a place.
Double Mead and Flying Gnu hold alternative engagements in the Ladies’ Open.
The standard is high with horses such as Invisible Man, Moscow Blaze, Overlut, Rossmore Lad and What A Laugh due to take part.
Overlut’s connections could be using this race as a stepping stone to bigger prizes later on.
With the benefit of fitness on his side, Moscow Blaze should prevail.
Following Dreams is an interesting entry for the Confined.
He was pulled up when Dudley Cup favourite and has conceded weight to all of his rivals.
Dymock trainer Clive Bennett’s horses are running well and he has to choose between Iberico or Raleagh House, who are both capable of going close.
The promise showed by Woodlark Island has failed to materialise but it is too soon to write off his chances.
Oedipe has a course success but the Eastnor-trained gelding will need everything to go in his favour.
Trainer James Richardson was disappointed with Ferriby’s run at Paxford. Bobby Emerald ran as well so it will be interesting to see which one has benefited from that experience in the three-mile Maiden.
Grand Silence and Lacunae are consistent enough to benefit from any problems encountered by their rivals.
Fifteen horses have been entered for the two-mile, five-furlong Maiden but Tom Lacey’s record is second to none so At Work Bleu is sure to start at a short price.
Golanzine, who represents Mark Wilesmith’s Upton stable, is not without a chance, while Lightning Glance benefits from Mark Wall’s experience in the saddle.
The first race is at 2pm.