ROYAL MARSKELL(best price 7/1) bounced back to his very best form over this course last time and rates the percentage each-way call in what looks on paper the strongest middle-distance handicap run at the track all season. With the likes of Yul Finegold and Ralphy Lad in the line-up, there shouldn’t be any hanging around and that will play into the strengths of Gay Kellaway’s charge, just as it did when he accounted for a similar field class-wise here 21 days ago. Off the back of strong fractions, the son of Multiplex ran right away from the two main markets rivals in the style of a horse who’s bang on top of his game at present and with form figures on the fibresand of 2312251153141, those stats suggest he’s likely to run his race more than most.
Royal Marskell - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt
MAPPIN TIME(best price 3/1) ran a blinder in the best race run over the C&D so far this winter and a repeat of that performance should see Tim Easterby’s charge go close against similar opponents. What makes that effort even more praiseworthy is the fact the son of Orientate faired best of those that were drawn near the un-favoured stand side fence and now better housed right down the middle in box 4, he looks primed to add to his tremendous course stats that read 2211422.
Mappin Time - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt
BALLYBOLLEY(best price 7/1) was heavily involved in a much hotter race at Huntingdon last time than the one he contests today, and he looks ready to start making a proper mark over fences. A useful 135-rated hurdler, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ inmate hadn’t quite run up to that level on his first three chase starts, so it was nice to see him show something like his true worth against four genuinely useful sorts at the Cambridgeshire venue 11 days ago. Pressing a strong pace from the outset, the son of Kayf Tara only capitulated in the latter stages of that quality Class 3 affair and providing he doesn’t get involved in a similar joust for the lead on this occasion, he has fine prospects of making his class tell.