Kilbree Kid: should appreciate better ground
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
TOM GEORGE will be hoping history repeats itself at Ludlow this afternoon with Kilbree Kid contesting the race he won last year off a 4lb lower mark.
With drying ground set to suit, George will be hoping his impressive record at the Shropshire track continues, with the trainer enjoying 15 winners from 62 runners at the course in recent years, operating at a 24 per cent strike-rate.
“He’s in good form and has slipped down in the handicap, so hopefully he might have been given a bit of a chance,” said George. “He should appreciate the better ground.”
This year’s renewal looks arguably more competitive with 12 sets of connections chasing the £11,260 prize, including owner-trainer Richard Newland, who saddles recent 11-length Market Rasen winner Express Du Berlais.
Newland, who has enjoyed three victories, a second and a fourth from six runners in the past nine days – with Express Du Berlais among them, said: “He won nicely at Market Rasen and this seems a good race to go for. The drying ground wouldn’t be a concern.”
The Henry Daly-trained Lord Grantham arrives off the back of just two runs this year and may well prove a different proposition following a recent wind operation.
“I’m hoping three miles will suit him following a wind operation, and the drying ground will certainly help. Conditions will suit him so the combination of factors give us hope for a good run,” said Daly.
The Evan Williams-trained King Massini has won three of his seven starts over fences at Ludlow and finished fourth in this race last year. He said: “He ran well last time and likes it around Ludlow. He’s had a light campaign, so he’ll carry on through the summer as he wants decent ground.”
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