GUN CASE (best price 14-1) has taken really well to the Tapeta surface on the evidence of his two previous performances at the Gosforth Park venue, and following another solid effort back on turf last time out to suggest he still remains in reliable form, Alistair Whillans’ inmate looks overpriced at his double-figured early morning quotes. A winner at the first time of asking at this newly-laid track, the son of Showcasing was by no means disgraced when sixth behind the well-handicapped War Department on his return visit in a much better race three weeks later and having plenty of solid form previously over today’s mile trip, there’s every reason to expect another bold show.
Gun Case - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1Placed 1.25pt
SOUPY SOUPS(NAP)(best price 5-1) shaped with quite a bit of promise against some useful novices last season and he appears to have been given a fair starting point from which to build on his first outing in his new discipline. A game winner of a bumper at Ffos Las on his first outing under rules, Neil Mulholland’s inmate found the combination of very testing ground and the likes of Emerging Force and Hit The Highway a bridge too far on his hurdling debut at Fontwell. Although he failed to justify favouritism when last seen out at Huntingdon back in May, it’s fair to say he’s likely to prove capable of much better in time and a mark of 111 doesn’t appear too harsh for a horse of his potential.
Soupy Soups - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost -2pt
ANGEL OF DARKNESS(best price 10-1) stepped up markedly on her initial outing on turf at Newbury with an altogether more professional display last time out at Kempton and having run to a fair standard that day, confidence is relatively high she can progress even further and be competitive again in this similar heat. Coming from some way back in a race that was dominated by the well-fancied and potentially classy Raven’s Lady, Charlie Hills’ charge ran on nicely to finish a never-nearer third and with the time figure of the winner pointing towards the race being a useful one of its kind, this scopey filly can reward solid each-way support.
Angel Of Darkness - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1Non Runner