Mystical Knight can put heart problems behind him

4.10 Ffos Las  MYSTICAL KNIGHT  1.5pts ew @ 18/1

Following his tailing off at Ludlow a month ago, Mystical Knight was found to be suffering from atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat causing severe breathing problems. The prognosis in horses of this ailment returning following treatment is 15%-20%, so seeing as Rebecca Curtis’s 9yo looks like going off at an attractive price & has dropped to a very dangerous looking mark, I’m more than happy to take that risk. The 9yo is lightly raced for his age & had previously run an encouraging race on his seasonal return at Bangor, when third from a 10lb higher mark than he has here. Not for the first time, his chance was ruined by a jumping mistake, but these fences are not especially difficult & this race, in terms of the standard of opposition is the easiest task he’s had over fences so far. The selection is owned by JP McManus, who also runs the 7yo Behind Time, trained by Harry Fry. He also has his jumping issues & probably would have won a four-runner race at Wincanton a month ago with a better round of jumping. He’s likely to be a shorter price than the selection, but I much favour Mystical Knight of the two. Favourite is likely to be Tim Vaughan’s lightly-raced chaser Looksnowtlikebrian, who ran out an easy 12l winner here over three furlongs shorter two months ago. The 7yo will have no problem with the extra distance, but he will have to improve as this is a much stiffer ask & he’s been raised 9lb for that win. One with a similar chance is another last-time winner, Neil King’s Big Meadow. Another 7yo, he won over this trip on heavy ground at Uttoxeter three weeks ago & has a rise in grade plus 7lb in the weights to overcome. I think the benchmark & quite possibly the one to beat is the topweight, Kerry Lee’s Krackatoa King. The 10yo ran an uncharacteristically bad race in the Betfred Classic at Warwick last month, the first time he’d been out of the first four since November 2015. However, this would be the first time in either’s career that he would not be getting weight from the selection. Jenny’s Surprise has been beaten twice from a 1lb higher since winning first time at Uttoxeter after a year off.

February 17, 2018 by : Posted in Free Racing Tips 1 Comment
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One Response to “Mystical Knight can put heart problems behind him”

  1. MYSTICAL KNIGHT – 11/1 PU -3pts
    Midfield, headway 8th, ridden after next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out.

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