The Killarney Festival is in full swing in County Kerry. In the the extended 2m 6f Laurels Handicap Hurdle there on Tuesday evening (19:50), Static Jack looks worth a punt.
Trained by the in-form Gavin Cromwell, the eight-year-old gelding sneaks into this race off a low weight.
Static Jack is only one win and three placed efforts from 12 starts over the smaller obstacles. That doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as he ran a massive race at Down Royal last time out.
Although he’s on a long losing run with his last victory in a Cork beginners chase in April 2017, Static Jack went down by a nose last month over 3m.
As he was giving the winner 4lb, it was a massive effort. The Irish handicapper only raised Static Jack’s rating by 3lb for that run, so it may be he got in lightly here off 116.
Jockey Jonathan Moore again takes the ride and he’s been operating at a 25 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days.
Couple that with the fine form of Cromwell’s stable in recent days and Static Jack looks a massive player in this.
Static Jack stable in red-hot form
The yard has had five winners from its last 12 runners, so inmates are clearly thriving.
That hurdles mark shouldn’t be beyond Static Jack as he was once rated as high as 126 over fences.
With William Hill paying an extra place on the Laurels Handicap Hurdle, odds of 5/1 are solid.
You can back Static Jack each-way and get your money back if he gets in the first four.
That is the bare minimum expected of him if he replicates that Down Royal run from last time.
Taking everything into account, Static Jack thus appeals most on this Killarney Festival card.
Backing him each-way makes sense as everything points to a big run from the son of Heliostatic.
Bet of the Day: 5/1 with William Hill, Static Jack in the Laurels Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.