Dr Richard Newlands has a well-established reputation for rejuvenating horses that may have got disenchanted with the racing game and he seems to be confirming that with BRAVE HELIOS, who goes over the Severn Bridge from his Worcester yard for the Grosvenor Casinos Handicap Hurdle this evening.
The nine-year-old has had 41 races with just three wins but came home in front when making his debut for the good doctor at Worcester just nine days ago.
In context, it was a quite impressive four lengths win from Skinflint, a winning point-to-pointer who was expected that day but more significantly it showed a positive attitude from a horse bred to win a good staying flat race.
He goes off 1lb higher this evening, with Alex Thome taking off seven and course (sire’s progeny 14% here), ground and distance ideal.
He looks ripe to go in again.
FINAL CHOICE won well last time but is up 7lb so ROMANOR, back to nearly a winning mark and running well, looks next best.
It shouldn’t take too much bravery to take Helios’ 13/8.
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