Since fitted with a hood, POWERSBOMB(best price 7/1) has seen his fortunes turn upside down and having scored over this course at the Galway Festival back in July, he rates a strong choice to continue his positive set of results. Clearly well suited by a well-run race that day, Brain Hamilton’s charge impressed by the way he came up the hill to score in convincing fashion and although he failed to repeat the dose next time out at Killarney, his performance in finishing third behind Argentino, was at least as good, if not better, on the figures. Only raised a pound for that cracking effort, the son of Trans Island has everything in his favour to run another huge race for local connections.
Powersbomb - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost 2pt
CHAMPAGNE BOB(best price 7/1) looked a horse to stay on the right side of when bolting up at Salisbury two starts ago and although he failed in his bid to follow up at Wolverhampton last time, that initial notion very much remains the same. Taking advantage of a plummeting handicap mark at the Wiltshire venue, Richard Price’s inmate was understandably made a warm order to go in again off the same mark, but having missed the break at the Dunstall Park track, things went from bad to worse for the son of Big Bad Bob. Unfortunately, his inexperienced rider decided to challenge widest of all in the hottest part of race and, as a result, the run on his mount failed to gather up a head of steam entering the straight. Clearly much better than the bare result suggests that evening, this improving three-year-old can get set the record straight now racing back on turf.