Classical Art looks on a handy mark in the 2.50 at Taunton today and is strongly fancied at 5/1 to take advantage and open his account over hurdles now encountering quick ground for the first time over the obstacles.
The gelding won a 1m 4f handicap on the level on good-to-firm ground at Windsor when trained by Roger Varian, and shaped with plenty of promise on hurdling debut for David Pipe when fourth to Bivouac at Sandown on soft ground.
The winner is a useful sort now rated 139 and the third home Baron Alco is rated 125.
That is strong form in the context of this contest and makes Classical Art’s current mark of 107 look exploitable despite the fact that he has failed to trouble the judged in four subsequent starts.
The last of those came on handicap debut at Newbury where he was well-backed before being pulled-up in a class 2 contest won by Alzammaar, but he wore the tongue-tie for the first time that day and he may not have taken too it on the soft ground.
That is now off, and the handicapper has been quick to drop Classical Art 8lb having allotted him an opening mark of 115.
Classical Art also now drops down into class 4 company, and more importantly tackles quick ground for the first time this season.
That shouuld be ideal judged on his flat win at Windsor, and with Michael Heard in the saddle taking another 7lb off his back he looks weighted to take all the beating for a yard going well.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Classical Art (5/1 Stan James, Sky Bet, William Hill- BOG)