Father Probus can prosper at a tight Ludlow
A CHANGE of scenery worked the oracle for Father Probus at Fontwell last time and the seven-year-old can follow up at Ludlow in the Church Stretton Handicap Chase.
Switched from the care of Fergal O'Brien to the Devon yard of Nick Williams, Father Probus came good at the first time of asking and gave the impression there was more to come.
The form of his Fontwell victory has worked out and, given that he seems best around a sharp right-handed circuit, the twists and turns of the Shropshire course should suit him down to the ground.
However, it will not be all one-way traffic for the mount of Daryl Jacob as a number of his rivals come into the race in good heart, but Father Probus should prove too tough for Milo Milan at the business end.
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King Of Dudes could not have got his jumping career off to a better start than scoring at the course last month and he looks the answer to the Bull Ring Juvenile Hurdle which opens the card.
Alan King's charge may well have finished runner-up to Bordoni on that occasion until that rival crashed out in the home straight, but it was still a fine first effort and connections were certain he would derive considerable benefit for the outing.
Given that he boasted winning flat form in Ireland, the four-year-old is not short on speed which is essential at Ludlow and he can win again with the down in class Zamdy Man looking the chief danger.
Trainer Tom George and jockey Paddy Brennan, pictured, have been teaming up to good effect this term and the pair can be on the mark again with Heez A Cracker in the Dinham Novices' Chase.
The selection seemed certain to open his account over fences at Catterick last month only to be shaded out in the last strides, but compensation surely awaits as he is virtually a winner without a penalty.
The AJA Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle can go the way of Evan Williams' Ajman, who was unlucky not to collect a couple of runs back at Hereford when he came down at the final fence.