With the drama of the Breeders’ Cup behind us, attention switches back to the jumps season as the big names head to Ffos Las on Sunday, all live on Sky Sports Racing.
1.05 Ffos Las – Williams and Skelton face off in match
A match race opens the card in the 2m Download The Vickers.Bet App Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (1.05), featuring two closely-rated rivals on hurdles form.
Venetia Williams’ Easy As That hasn’t been seen for 639 days, with the seven-year-old’s last performance coming when bolting up in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow, but he looks made for a fence.
His sole rival is Dan Skelton’s knickerbockerglory, who comes into this contest seeking a hat-trick after a pair of wins over hurdles at the back end of last season to go with an opening win over obstacles at Taunton back in January.
1.40 Ffos Las – Zambezi Magic and Missed Tee headline novice hurdle
Two horses with hugely differing levels of experience lock horns in the Best Odds Guaranteed At Vickers.Bet Novices’ Hurdle (1.40) over two miles.
Zambezi Magic makes his hurdles debut for Bernard Llewellyn having had 27 starts on the Flat. He was a three-time winner at the level with two of those wins coming in Class 6 company at Ffos Las.
The highly-tried gelding is only five and his Flat speed could be the difference when facing National Hunt-bred rivals in this contest.
Zambezi Magic’s main rival could come in the shape of Missed Tee who represents the Skelton yard. The five-year-old was a hugely-impressive Irish point-to-point winner who changed hands privately and will be one to keep an eye on.
3.50 Ffos Las – Last-time winners Starvoski and Ring The Moon clash
The 11-runner two-mile Follow Vickers.Bet On Facebook Handicap Chase looks a wide-open contest on paper with plenty of the contenders having their first start of the season.
However, one that catches the eye on form is Ring The Moon. Evan Williams’ nine-year-old was last seen winning a low-level novice selling hurdle at Exeter but before that race he won a two-mile Class 5 handicap chase at Ffos Las. He won off a mark that was only 2lbs lower than what he ran off in this contest.
Another one who catches the eye is Starvoski. Kim Bailey’s seven-year-old mare had a shocking record in her three starts over the larger obstacles last season. However, she ended last term with a confidence-boosting win over hurdles at Uttoxeter. Connections will be hoping she can finally take her strong hurdles form over the larger obstacles.
Watch every race at Ffos Las live on Sky Sports Racing on Sunday, November 6.