First Assignment has form in the book which suggests he us on a fair mark and worth a punt at 12/1 in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (2.10). This Ian Williams trained six-year-old looked a horse to keep onside when winning his first two starts this season at this venue. After digging deep to beat Viva Le Roi in a 22-runner contest over 2m 5f, he followed-up in impressive fashion over the 3m trip of this when slamming Boyhood by nine lengths. First Assignment was then turned out quickly by connections under a 5lb penalty and ran a stormer when a 1 3/4 lengths third to Paisley Park in a valuable Grade 3 handicap at Haydock off a rating of 136. The winner is a very smart sort who has since won a Grade 1 at Ascot and a Grade 2 here to be rated 168. He is also favourite for the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle on this card. Shades Of Midnight, who came second, has gone on to win his next two starts. That gives the form a rock solid look and suggests that First Assignment is potentially well-treated off his current mark of 142. He has also been given a break since finishing third last time out at Warwick and has a good record fresh.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way First Assignment (12/1 general – use BOG firms)