Andy landed his 2pt NAP yesterday and our expert has four bets from today's action.
AL DESTOOR (best price 6-1) has clearly taken to his new surroundings well based on his first two starts for Jenny Candlish and he looks booked for another positive display in this competitive handicap. Runner-up on his first outing for the Staffordshire handler at Hamilton, the son of Teofilo filled out the same position in a much tougher contest last time out at York and if he would have obtained a clearer run inside the last two furlongs on the Knavesmire, there’s more than a fair chance that he would have prevailed. Likely to be held up at the back by design, hopefully the six-year-old’s trademark strong finish will allow him to gain an overdue and deserved success.
Both DEW LINE (best price 10-1) and SISTER BLANDINA (best price 12-1) arrive here in excellent shape, so without trying to get too cute and trying the split the pair, the recommendation has to be to play the two against the field. The former has really sprung to life of late with back-to-back wins at the Listowel Festival and with the form and time figures of each race suggesting she’s run way beyond her current rating, a 5lb further weight rise shouldn’t be insurmountable over a track she’s been successful in the past. The later has enjoyed a fine season and even though she failed in her bid to complete a quick hat trick at the Curragh last time out, her time figure she posted that day indicates she ran to a career-high even in defeat. Given a mini-break by her canny handler, Johnny Murtagh’s filly should be capable of hitting the frame at the very least.
TEMPURAN (NAP) (best price 6-4) fairly bounced off the fast ground at Bangor last week and under similar conditions, David Bridgwater’s inmate is fancied to follow up under his mandatory penalty. The key to that victory was how he got into a lovely rhythm once obtaining an early uncontested lead, so providing the same forceful tactics are employed once again, the son of Unbridled Song should be difficult to catch around this pace-bias track.