British jumps racing’s Champion Jockey, Richard Johnson, shuns the big money card at Sandown Park on Imperial Cup day, choosing instead to focus on a healthy looking book of rides at his local venue, re-opened and thriving Hereford.
Chief among his mounts could be the Dai Rees-trained Gardiners World, who returns to a circuit where he is unbeaten in two visits, with the nation’s number one rider on board for the first time.
The duo face six rivals in the track’s Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (2.50pm), a contest which also features recent winners Freddie’s Portrait and Crown Hill.
The best of that trio will hopefully turn out to be Gardiners Hill, who clearly loves it here on the constantly turning right handed track, and will relish the prevailing Soft ground.
Beaten last time out at Plumpton when reappearing quickly, he’ll be much happier after a 26 gap between races, and can maintain his 100% Hereford record.
Saturday’s best bet:
2.50 Hereford – 188bet Novices’ Ltd Handicap Chase – 4 Gardiners Hill (win)