Andy has four selections, including a Dan Skelton raider at Sedgefield this evening.
MOUNTAIN EAGLE (best price 7/1)
has shaped as though better ground would suit and with the conditions drying out all the time at the Surrey venue, Harry Fry’s charge gets a chance to put that theory to the test. A keen going sort, the son of Mountain High was too exuberant for his own good when strongly fancied at Newbury last time out and with the ground riding on the testing side that afternoon, he was always going to struggle getting home given the energy he expended. Prior to that, the seven-year-old had chased home two useful sorts in the shape of Robin Of Locksley and Mr Mix and with a bigger field and likely strong pace to help him settle, a big run can be expected.
Mountain Eagle - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -1pt
INEXES (best price 11/4)
has shaped with plenty of promise in two very strong-run handicaps over today’s C&D and this looks to be a decent opportunity for the son of Exceed And Excel to get off the mark. Indeed, Marjorie Fife’s inmate may have broken his duck on his latest outing if he hadn’t been hampered in the early stages and that view is backed up in no uncertain terms given the way he finished down the straight. The form of that race was given a huge boost when the fourth home, Available, landed a similar handicap back over the same C&D last week so there’s every possibility that the four-year-old will follow suit hailing from his in-form yard.
Inexes - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt
Even though 2m 4f was short of his best trip, TUGBOAT (NAP) (best price Evens)
was still good enough to keep his unbeaten track record in tact here last time out and given that this race looks a weaker one on paper, it would come as something of a surprise if he doesn’t manage to follow up granted a clear round. Held up in traditional fashion, the son of Galileo still had plenty to do with a circuit to run, but calling on his boundless pits of stamina, he finally wore down the pace-setters in the dying stride. Racing over the same trip today, the eight-year-old could do with a similarly decent pace to be at his best, but as these kind of events are often run at a brisk pace largely thanks to inexperienced pilots losing the plot, the selection should get the perfect set up for his strong finish.
Tugboat - 2pt @ 1/1Lost -2pt
Generous Pet has been in rampant form over the last few weeks and the four-timer could well turn out to be a distinct possibility, however, he may not get things entirely his own way with KENTUCKY STAR (best price 9/4)
in opposition and Dan Skelton’s inmate rates the value pick of the in-form pair. New connections clearly felt they had a well-handicapped horse on their hands as he was backed off the boards on his first start for the Alcester handler at Stratford three starts ago, but unfortunately the seven-year-old fell at the third from home when holding every chance. The son of Kentucky Dynamite then had the misfortune to bump into the hugely progressive Cloudy Dream on his next outing at Market Rasen and given how unlucky that horse was in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, it puts some kind of perspective of the performance in chasing home Malcolm Jefferson’s charge. Shaping as though he just didn’t quite see out the 3m trip at Cheltenham last week, it was still a decent return from the chestnut gelding and now back over 2m 4f in a much weaker race, he certainly should give the favourite plenty to think about at the very least.
Kentucky Star - 1pt @ 9/4Non Runner