Barry Geraghty was amongst the winners at Fontwell yesterday and he travels to Ludlow this afternoon for one ride, the Jonjo O'Neill-trained I'DLIKETHEOPTION in the feature novices' limited handicap chase over 2m (due off 3.05pm UK).
It could be a hint worth taking as the J.P.McManus-owned five-year-old has plenty going for him and is a backable price too thanks to the presence of some in-form rivals. They include After Eight Sivola, the only last-time-out winner in the line up, although he was perhaps fortunate to score at Newton Abbot 13 days ago after the odds-on favourite fell, leaving him with just three inferior rivals to beat. Canicallyouback has kept his form well since winning back-to-back races in July, but has been found out off lower marks than today's on his most recent outings and jumped ponderously when second last time.
They are opposable and the selection may well be able to improve past them. He wasn't that far behind his rivals over hurdles, winning three times in that sphere, and that was a bonus as he was always going to be a better chaser. Pitched straight into handicap company for his debut, he was far from disgraced when finishing a half-length second behind the more experienced Master Dee, and he would surely have pushed that horse all the way in a similar race here earlier this month but for pecking and unseating his rider four out when going well. That was his only semblance of a mistake and I doubt it's effected his confidence.
Off his current mark of 122, he should be able to pick up a decent prize like today's (winning connections pick up a tidy £11,372) and before the ground goes against him. He's looked best on a decent surface in the past, so the forecast 'good' is perfect for him, and he gives the impression that a truly run race over this trip over fences will be right up his street. This is the first time he's had the services of his owner's retained rider over the bigger obstacles and Geraghty has made the most of his opportunities here previously, driving home three of his nine rides to victory.
Ludlow race 3, I'DLIKETHEOPTION @ 3.00 (2/1) with bet365