BROMYARD(best price 6/4) ran perfectly respectably in a hot race at Chelmsford last time out and should find today’s company much more to his liking. In chasing home the very smart all-weather performer Lunar Deity at the Essex track, the son of Dark Angel posted a career-high level of form and with a strong pace guaranteed courtesy of Robert The Painter being in the line-up, the race should be set up nicely to allow David Simcock’s charge to come through strong down the lane.
Bromyard - 2pts @ 6/4Won 3pts
ITS’AFREEBEE(best price 11/2) clocked a decent time when scoring over the C&D last time out (way better than Bigmartre furlong-per-furlong on same card) and he rates the value pick to topple some bigger, more sexier names in this intriguing affair. Knowing that he handles the track and copes with the testing conditions is obviously a big plus point for starters, and then you add into the mix that he’s tactically versatile and he stays behind the minimum trip and Dan Skelton’s inmate has more going for him than his odds in the betting suggest.
Its'afreebee - 1pt @ 11/2Won 5.5pts
Despite the lurking presence of the potentially well-treated Reve De Sivola, the percentage call has to lie with the ultra-consistent and likeable VIRAK(best price 5/1) at a track where he has an unblemished record. On the two visits to the Lancashire venue, Paul Nichols’ inmate has been successful, so it’s clear that he goes particularly well on a flat, galloping track (other notable victory last season came at Doncaster). The son of Bernebeau has had the misfortune to bump into the ultra-tough Wakanda on his last two starts, but on each occasion he lost nothing in defeat and if he’d obtained a clearer run in the closing stages of their latest encounter at Ascot, it may well have been a different story. Although lumbered with top weight, he has the very useful Harry Cobden to ease the burden and as he looks one of the few sure to run his race under the conditions, odds of 5/1 make plenty of each-way appeal.