InNewCL Sports Racing’s Race of the Day: Llandinabo Lad takes deserved first victory over fences in Hereford | race news

InNewCL Sports Racing’s Race of the Day: Llandinabo Lad takes deserved first victory over fences in Hereford | race news

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The Races expert Declan Rix returns with an in-depth analysis of an up-and-coming Follow AtTheRaces On Twitter Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase in Hereford, live on InNewCL Sports Racing at 3.15pm.


As of Tuesday afternoon, Hereford is officially ‘soft’ after 10mm of overnight rain, according to the BHA website. Rain (2-5mm) was forecast for the early hours of Wednesday, with a low chance of showers later.

In terms of pace, Llandinabo Lad, Mr Gray Sky and Presuming Ed could all be vying for good early positions in a race that can certainly be run at a healthy canter. It looks like a focus on jumping and traveling will be the order of the day, while late conditions could call for endurance.



Easily ridden with a good record of victories, visited the winner’s enclosure three times in seven starts. In his only start at Aintree last season, he landed well on the fences, jumping and traveling before faltering on the run for the last time.

Form was a lot better than the distance hit there and having made a couple of correct adjustments and jumps Hereford’s setup should suit him better. Not seen for 410 days, though, and that’s the obvious concern. Worth a late market check.

Llandinabo boy

Stylish hurdler newcomer in the early stages of the 2020/21 season. Hasn’t raced much since, may be a bit difficult to train for, but with two starts over fences this season he has really embraced his new discipline.

He’s obviously loving his new life, jumping boldly and solidly but always looks vulnerable for a horse with a change of gears so any further softening of the ground would help. It will probably be fine for a long time.

Cap du Mathan

Sometimes an avid player who has made steady progress from season to season. Had a disappointing pursuit start at Chepstow last time out in Wincanton and showed a useful ability to jump over fences, although was a little slow through the air at some obstacles.

Has a good canter there though so looks fine. Should get some pace here with a couple of front runners and that will do.

Cap Du Mathan makes a third start over fences for Paul Nicholls

Image: Cap Du Mathan makes a third start over fences for Paul Nicholls

Mister Gray Sky

Unbeaten in two starts as a bumper horse before perhaps getting a little lost in his first (and winless) novice hurdle campaign. However, he returned in better order last season, winning at Leicester and Ludlow in a four-round hurdles campaign and is now making his campaign debut via fences.

Has no hunting experience or point-to-point background, but comes from a distaff side family that produced winners over fences and looks physically equipped for larger obstacles.

In ExcelsisDeo

Raid-eligible French recruit who wears a shearling noseband and looked pretty straight forward in his four-time French career for ex-coach Daniela Mele. Has now joined Harry Fry after a private sale for new owner JP McManus. Hasn’t been mentioned on any recent stable tours so the market will probably be our best guide.

Assuming Ed

Active prominent racer who has won three races in a 22-round career including at Ludlow two starts ago where he went up 20 lengths. Things were going well again at Ludlow 21 days ago when he finished second, softening perhaps a little too early in the neck-and-neck race with another rival.

Has also jumped well in his last two starts but Hereford’s jumps will be a tougher test as he moves up the class.


An intriguing competition that will see the late market lead via JP McManus’ French recruit, In Excelsis Deo, but in well-known more recent guise, it’s hard not to be impressed by LLANDINABO LAD’s transition from hurdling to fencing.

The seven-year-old looks a natural over fences and seems to be enjoying this new discipline and has been rated up 10 pounds in his pomp over hurdles. Hereford is a track his trainer Tom Symonds is good at and while the selection will likely be at the top, two miles on soft ground will see him slacking off endurance to mellow out the late pace of the rivals.

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