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4 Mar 2017

BetBright Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (Class 2)

With all the rain around the Grimthorpe field has cut up to 7 runners, but remains an interesting race with last years' winner and Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri lining up the best part of a stone higher in the weights and some up and coming sorts lining up to take him on.

Lots of money around for Definitely Red and Looking Well. Both progressive with form in softer conditions but their best form on a sounder surface. Neither wanted rain and this is set to be pretty testing. The fact Danny Cook deserted Wakanda to sit on Definitely Red probably puts a line through that one and underlines Definitely Red's well-being.

Venetia is understandably the go to trainer in these conditions with an unexposed sort and she fields Yala Enki here who is difficult to quantify. He beat precisely nothing in a poor Tommy Whittle but did it well and then found life a great deal harder behind Definitely Red on gd-sft in the Rowland Meyrick. I'm not sure he deserves to be favourite.

The one that interests me is undoubtedly Sego Success who goes very well at this course and is ideally suited by the conditions. He was 4th in this last year and only weakened after the last - attempting mission impossible in receipt of just 3lbs from The Last Samuri. This year he receives 23lbs and is a fair price thanks to his most recent outing at Warwick which is probably just best ignored.

He does face competition for the lead but I think he can get a nice tow round sitting handy and when push comes to shove, 10-03 gives him a real chance.

1pt win Sego Success, 15/2 various

Herbie is one of the resident pro-gamblers in ENIGMA:


** Feedback: Sure enough Sego Success ran an excellent race, just getting tired late on but Definitely Red put in a hugely progressive performance, making light of the conditions - a staying chaser going places. Yala Enki boiled over in the prelims and blew his chance **

Time for Sego Success, a featherweight today



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