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Huntingdon Preview: Summer can sizzle for Cecil

| 31.03.2015

Perfect Summer shaped with bags of promise when runner-up on her hurdles debut, and looks a worthy favourite to go one better in the 2m 5f contest at Huntingdon today (16:55).

This mare was a fairly useful stayer on the flat, and made a highly encouraging start over the obstacles when staying on to finish a seven length second to Lanceur in a 2m 1f contest at this venue earlier this month.

The five-year-old race prominently and jumped well throughout, and the step up in trip to 2m 5f this afternoon looks sure to suit.

Perfect Summer, who was rated as high as 80 on the level, should have little difficulty winning races judged on that effort and this doesn’t look the strongest of contests.

Granted a clear round, the daughter of High Chaparral is going to be extremely difficult to beat, and this looks a great opportunity for Perfect Summer to provide Group 1 winning flat trainer Lady Jane Cecil with her first ever National Hunt winner.

The lightly-raced Vendredi Trois showed progressive form over the obstacles earlier in the season, and can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark to notch a first success in the 3m 2f handicap hurdle (14:45).

This six-year-old stepped up on previous efforts on his handicap debut over course and distance when fourth to Oscars Way, and backed that up with an eye-catching fourth to Jayo Time over 2m 6f at Wincanton.

Vendredi Trois kept on nicely from off the pace to be beaten just 2 1/2 lengths, leaving the distinct impression that there was more to come.

The winner, to whom the selection was conceding 7lb, has since gone on to score again and is now rated 114, so that makes Vendredi Troi’s current mark of 103 look exploitable.

In the 2m hurdle (15:50), Myboyalfie looks a potential improver on his handicap debut.

The John Jenkins trained eight-year-old has shaped with promise in three outings over the obstacles without troubling the judge, and caught the eye in the last of those when fifth to Lanceur over course and distance.

Myboyalfie was never put into the contest at any stage, but kept on after making mistakes and looks to have been brought along steadily with handicaps in mind.

If that’s the case, then an opening mark of 107 should be workable, especially judged on Myboyalfie’s flat form, and this is a weak class 4 contest which won’t take much winning.

14.10: Southfield Royale
14.45: Vendredi Trois (NB)
15.15: Ultimatum Du Roy
15.50: Myboyalfie
16.20: Mondo Cane
16.55: Perfect Summer (NAP)



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.