In the 4.15 at Hereford on Thursday, The Tourard Man was put back over hurdles after an abortive spell over fences last winter, but has done nothing wrong this time around and can complete a five-timer. Twice a winner in the point-to-point sphere earlier in his career, the Shantou gelding has looked much more the finished article over the larger obstacles on his last two starts and, while he didn’t have to be at his best to beat the only other finisher, 125/1 outsider The Jugopolist, at Southwell in August, he did so with consummate ease.
Despite the ‘steadier’ of 11st 12lb, he remains 2lb lower in the weights than when winning over hurdles at Warwick three starts ago and has winning form on going ranging from good to firm to soft, so shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the forecast drying conditions. Wayne Hutchinson, who’s ridden him to both victories over fences this season, is once again in the saddle and has just the one ride during the afternoon.
Selection: Hereford 4.15 The Tourard Man to win