Asharann (Timeform rating 97p) – Market Rasen, Thursday, 2m juvenile hurdle
The penny seems to be gradually dropping with Asharann and, after hinting at ability on his second start over hurdles at Ludlow last month, with a tongue-tie fitted he showed his first form for Oliver Greenall in finishing fourth to Volkovka in this contest.
In finishing where he did from a poor position, Asharann did more than enough to suggest that there should be more to come from him, particularly as he is now qualified for handicaps. In rear after a slow start, he was untidy four out but crept closer early in the straight and finished with running left to be beaten little more than seven lengths. Asharann seemed to be highly regarded early in his Flat career for Jean-Claude Rouget and the Aga Khan and he’s a half-brother to Ashutor, a useful chaser for Paul Nicholls.
Hudson de Grugy (118p) – Sandown, Saturday, 2m introductory juvenile hurdle
Gary Moore won the opener on the Tingle Creek card with Goshen last year, so it was interesting that he chose the same event this year for the British debut of Hudson de Grugy who was just about the pick on looks in the field of eight. Sent off at 16/1, Hudson de Grugy shaped encouragingly despite a rather mixed round of jumping from the front. Headed when not fluent at the last, he was beaten a length and three quarters at the line by Elham Valley who had plenty of experience from the Flat.
From the same family as his stable’s Champion Chase winner Sire de Grugy, Hudson de Grugy had won the last of his four starts in French bumpers for Adrien Fouassier in the summer, wearing blinkers. He’s sure to improve on that first run over hurdles and can win a similar event.
Her Indoors (108p) – Aintree, Saturday, 2m1f listed fillies’ juvenile hurdle
Runner-up Her Indoors represented Alan King who won the first running of this contest with future Grade 1 winner L’Unique and was successful again last year with the useful Midnights’ Gift. Her Indoors was rather thrown in the deep end for her hurdling debut but, sent off at 18/1 despite her yard’s record in the race, she coped better than most with a slog in the testing conditions, while the omission of the hurdles in the straight made for a very long run-in. After being held up, she kept on well to be beaten seven and a half lengths although no match for the more experienced winner Talking About You.
Her Indoors has been a fairly useful and progressive handicapper on the Flat for her stable this year and is sure to improve for her hurdling debut, while in the longer term she could well prove to be the best filly to come out of the race.
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