Located in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon hosts 17 National Hunt meetings a year. The Grade 2 Peterborough Chase is the highlight of the year, attracting some of the best chasers in training. 2019 winner Nicky Henderson has a brilliant record at the track and it can pay to follow his horses.
Realms Of Fire
Trainer Louise Allan gained her first winner over hurdles recently when Realms Of Fire was produced late on to score in the hands of Shane Quinlan over three miles at Southwell - with re-opposing Moidore staying on to finish third behind them. The eight-year old was strong through the line in that race and looks sure to give this another major tilt from 4lb higher. It's far from the strongest Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle and a repeat effort may prove enough.
Gary and Jamie Moore will be left disappointed if Robin's Dream doesn't prove himself too strong for these opponents. The five-year-old has twice finished second in three hurdles runs already, in between a fall at Sandown on heavy ground back in February. Those near misses behind useful performers in Gallyhill and Balko Saint stand out in the context of this race. Assuming the Kayf Tara gelding handles this slightly quicker surface, he's surely going to make his breakthrough by taking this maiden.
He's into the veteran stages now but Nobel Leader ran his best race in some time over 2m4f (good) at this circuit 13 days ago. He travelled menacingly into the contest having been held up in rear but couldn't quite master the pair that beat him as he attempted to concede them weight. He's a former course winner and is now 11lb below his previous win-mark. Eye-shields are added to this raceday tack this afternoon and - now getting weight from all bar one of his rivals - this could be a very good opportunity for more Huntingdon success.
Fergal O'Brien's mare Merry Berry attracted some market support in last month's handicap bow at Exeter (2m2½, good to firm) and she was only just denied the win, giving best to the more experienced Eclair Des Sablons after a sustained duel late on - the pair having come clear of the field. That race is working out well, with two next-time-out winners amongst the beaten rivals they left behind, and there's a strong chance she can go one place better here despite the attentions of the assessor seeing her rise 8lb for that narrow defeat. The stable is enjoying a rich vein of form and can bag another winner now.
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