Tippmanboy should prove too strong at a Complementary venue like Catterick.
(best price 7/2)
has had the misfortune to bump into rivals that have gone on to contest Graded races on his last two starts, so he should find this sort of company a little easier to swallow in his bid to finally shed the maiden tag. Dr Newland’s charge crossed swords with the useful Justanother Muddle on his first outing for new connections at Lingfield and with likes of subsequent winners Weststreet and Western Cape well beaten in behind, he clearly ran to a very standard without winning. On his most recent start, he also faced a highly-progressive sort in the shape of Final Nudge at Bangor and with that horse going on to make Unowhatimeanharry pull out all the stops at Cheltenham next time, the overall form has a cast-iron feel to it. Given that the son of Beneficial is a free-going sort, the sharp nature of this Yorkshire venue should suit his run-style and he’s likely to prove difficult to catch if ridden in his usual aggressive fashion
TIPPMANBOY - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Placed -0.3pt
Connections of JIMMY TWO TIMES (best price 20/1)
are clearly intent on righting the wrongs from this meeting last year when their charge fell at the last when looking all over the winner. Twelve months on and the son of Shantou arrives here having risen through the ranks from fairly humble beginnings courtesy of a well-deserved success in the ultra-competitive EBF Final at the Fairyhouse Easter festival and a more than satisfactory display on his seasonal return at Navan off a career-high mark. Sure to be all the better for that initial outing, Brian Hamilton’s likable and consistent six-year-old rates a decent each-way bet at the prices with plenty in his favour.
JIMMY TWO TIMES - 0.5pt e/w @ 20/1Lost -1pt
GABRIEL THE HERO (best price 7/1)
arrives here in great heart off the back of a career-high performance at Southwell last time and although there has to be a slight question mark over his ability to stay the 2m trip, his price is big enough to take the risk. Stamina certainly didn’t appear to be an issue for Richard Fahey’s charge in the latter stages of his victory over 1m 4f at the Nottinghamshire venue where they went a good gallop from the outset, and having previously shown a fair level of form over this track, there are plenty of positives stacking up nicely in his favour to warrant a bet.
GABRIEL THE HERO - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Won 4.2pt
Although it’s dangerous to take the form of SPIRITUAL STAR’S (best price 9/1)
latest run too literally, he went a long way to show what he’s capable of when he’s on song. On several occasions over the C&D during the last few seasons, Anthony Carson’s charge has left the impression he’s a good deal better than his final finishing position has suggested, so it was no great surprise to see him split two 100-rated performers here nine days ago despite trying to give them both 5lbs. Back against a more realistic level of competitive and with his handicap mark unaffected, the son of Soviet Star should easily be capable of putting up a bold show – and is a nice price to boot.
SPIRITUAL STAR - 1pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -2pt