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Sedgefield preview: Ryedale Racer ready to rock

| 24.11.2015

David Metcalf | November 24, 2015

Ryedale Racer shaped with bags of promise when runner-up on hurdling debut and looks a worthy favourite to go one better in the 2m 4f contest on today’s card at Sedgefield (12.50).

The Malcolm Jefferson trained gelding offered plenty to work on when runner-up in a bumper at this venue back in April, and duly built on that effort to score impressively at the track a month later.

After being held-up, Ryedale Dancer made smooth headway to take up the running at the two marker before scooting clear under a hands a heels ride to score by seven lengths on heavy ground.

It was a most taking performance and one which suggested the four-year-old needed keeping firmly onside.

That view was confirmed when Ryedale Dancer was narrowly beaten on hurdling debut over course and distance earlier in the month.

The son of Indian Danehill went down fighting by just a neck to Dilusionofgrandeur, and the pair pulled 19 lengths clear of a 132-rated rival.

That gives the form a solid look, and a repeat of that effort should be more than good enough to enable Ryedale Dancer to land the spoils.

Landmeafortune could be a worthy investment

In the 2m handicap hurdle (13.50), Landmeafortune is a fascinating contender and potentially well-treated on his form in Irish points.

The gelding finished fourth on debut at Castletown behind Chosen Well who is now rated 127 and third to the now 132-rated Shanroe Santos at Loughanmore last October.

That is strong form, and suggests that Landmeafortune’s current mark of 90 is very exploitable.

Although the six-year-old has failed to shine in five starts since joining trainer Martin Todhunter, Landmeafortune didn’t run too badly last time out on handicap debut when staying on to finish a never nearer 12 3/4 lengths sixth of 10 to Miss Joeking at Hexham.

It was an effort which suggested that Landmeafortune could be betting his act together, and if the fitting of the hood for the first time has the desired effect he looks a big player in what is a very weak class 5 contest.


12.20: Mubrook
12.50: Ryedale Racer (NAP)
13.20: Seventeen Black
13.50: Landmeafortune (NB)
14.20: Tomorrow’s Legend
14.40: Camillas Wish
15.20: Robbing The Prey


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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.