Timeform take you through the card at Ludlow on Thursday…

“…he should have conditions much more in his favour today…”

Timeform on Whoshotwho

12:40 – A useful stayer on the Flat, HUMBLE HERO (7) was unlucky to bump into a potentially well above-average sort at Leicester on his hurdling debut last month, and he gets the nod to go one better with improvement almost certainly on the cards. Idilico is entitled to be thereabouts, while War Chief is in the right hands to make it as a hurdler and is also considered.

13:10 – Kupatana sets the standard on form and was unlucky not to win at Wincanton earlier this month, a length up when departing two out, likely to have been involved in the finish. It remains to be seen if that fall has left its mark, though, and she may find it hard to concede 6 lb to LITTLE MISS POET (3), who shaped with plenty of promise on chasing debut at Wincanton last time. She is fancied to make the requisite improvement and get off the mark.

13:45 – REVE (9) looked the most likely winner prior to falling two out at Leicester on his penultimate start and, with his subsequent defeat at Ascot coming in a much stronger affair than today’s, it would come as no surprise to see him fully in the mix here. Stop The World rates a likely improver from his Chepstow effort and is feared, along with Rapper.

14:15 – Both of WHOSHOTWHO’s (1) wins over fences have come on a sound surface and, with that in mind, he can be given extra credit for his run over three miles on heavy ground at Haydock last time. He shaped as though not getting home over the longer trip in testing ground, but he should have conditions much more in his favour today, and he is fully expected to resume winning ways in this lesser grade. Gortroe Joe looks the obvious danger.

14:50 – GOLD CHAIN (5) shaped well at Market Rasen on Boxing Day given what was an unsuitable test of stamina, and back in trip, has a lot in her favour granted she hasn’t been with Dan Skelton long. No No Juliet ended 2018 on the up and is feared most.

15:25 – Hard to look beyond BEEVES (1) who was still operating at a smart level last season and wasn’t disgraced at Kelso on his reappearance in December. He’s the clear pick ahead of Marinero, who has fitness to prove, and recent Taunton winner Road To Rome.

16:00 – The ones with experience don’t set an exacting standard, so this is expected to go to a newcomer, with BUCK’S BIN’S (1) topping the list for a yard that have a good record with bumper debutants. Connections went to £60,000 to purchase him after winning his second start in an Irish point in October. Connections have had success with similar types in the past and he will likely know his job on Rules debut.

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