Andy's focus is on the all-weather today with four tips from Newcastle and Kempton.
Having yet to prove himself over today’s stiff track, there’s an element of guesswork involving the prospects of PEARL ACLAIM (best price 5-1), but what we can say is that if he manages to translate his latest level of form to the Gosforth Park venue, he must surely have a decent chance of being competitive. In chasing home the progressive three-year-old Jameraah at Chelmsford 12 days ago, the Acclamation gelding posted his best set of all-weather figures so far to date, and even though he faces a potentially similar type in the shape of Spanish City here, he’s fancied to hit the frame at the very least.
Course and distances winners have been making hay on their return visits to this newly-laid track, so with that in mind, BOLLIHOPE (NAP) (best price 4-1) makes plenty of appeal to keep that trend in the affirmative. The feature of his win here 18 days ago was the way he travelled and quickened off the back of sound fractions, so despite a potentially tricky draw to overcome, he should have the sufficient tactical speed to work himself into a decent position before striking in the home straight.
One of the soundest-run 1m contests to have taken place over this track so far to date was the one won by Eastern Dragon 10 days ago, so armed with that knowledge, the sensible option is to play the second and third home that evening, SO IT’S WAR (best price 12-1) and WEATHER FRONT (best price 7-1), against the field. The former had already exhibited a liking for the Tapeta surface with several decent performances at Wolverhampton and hailing from a stable that continues to thrive, Keith Dalgleish’s inmate should have a fair say in the outcome providing stall number one doesn’t turn out to be an inconvenience. The latter, being out of an American sire, has also showed a liking for a synthetic surface and another big run looks on the cards if he runs anywhere near the same level as he did on his opening salvo.
DAGONET (best price 4-1) left the impression he may have won at Nottingham last time out had a little more experience under his belt and he is fancied to put that theory to the test on his all-weather debut. After shaping with a degree of promise at Sandown on debut, Roger Charlton’s charge once again showed that he’s a nice prospect in the making with another eye-catching display in the first-time tongue-tie at the Colwick Park track 20 days ago and given that both performances indicated an extra furlong wouldn’t go amiss, tonight’s 6f journey should aid his cause no end.