Project Bluebook is one of four Friday bets from our ace racing pundit Andy Holding.
Although ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY (best price 15/8)
made be better served by conditions less testing that what he faces today, he did prove that he handles heavy ground well enough at Southwell last time out, so that eases the mind of those of us looking to stay loyal to Dan Skelton’s charge. What he also showed at the Nottinghamshire venue was a decent turn of foot as he quickened right away from two useful sorts in the shape of Mountain High (second since) and Penn Lane in between the final two flights and that nice change of pace should stand him in good stead on his drop back to 2m this afternoon.
Robin Of Locksley - 1pt @ 15/8Lost -1pt
PROJECT BLUEBOOK (best price 5/2)
went into plenty of notepads following his eye-catching performance on debut at Wolverhampton and he can reward the long journey down to Surrey from his Malton base. Slowly away at the Dunstall Park venue 18 days ago, the son of Sinndar quickly recovered to race in midfield but as the race developed into a bit of a dash for home off the corner, he rather got caught out as his poor track position and inexperience proved his undoing in the sprint for the line. Likely to be a good deal more switched on second time around, John Quinn’s charge displayed enough ability to suggest a race of this nature is well within his compass with just normal improvement.
Project Bluebook - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (NAP) (best price 3/1)
has clearly taken a liking to the floodlights of Dundalk – as form figures of 112 testify - and he’s fancied to go well again in this competitive-looking handicap despite dropping back down in trip. A winner from left-field over 7f back in November, the son of Bushranger proved that victory was no fluke by landing a similar prize the following week from the in-form Tribal Path. Although his old rival got his revenge on Joe Murray’s inmate here last week the combination of a 77-day break and the searching pace just took its toll on him in the dying strides and as he has a much better draw than he did here last week, a decent pace and a nice run round the inner should provide him with the perfect platform to get back on the winning trail.
Captain Midnight - 2pt e/w @ 3/1Lost -4pt
QASSER (best price 12/1)
has been in decent form over hurdles of late but he’s also showed a liking for an all-weather surface in recent times and he could turn out to be well treated on his return to the level. Harry Wittingham’s charge had the misfortune to bump into the progressive and subsequent Musselburgh scorer Holly Bush Henry on his penultimate start, and although he failed to build on that performance at Huntingdon last time out, the combination of much slower ground and being asked to run round the inside on the swamp counted heavily against his chance. Arguably a much better and stronger horse than the one that won over tonight’s C&D last April, it would come as no surprise if the Intikhab gelding were to outrun his double-figure quotes.
Qasser - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pt