Our bang in-form pundit has three bets today, including a big-price fancy at Chelmsford later.
Quite a few of these arrive here in decent shape, but don’t boast Fibresand form, whereas SEPTEMBER ISSUE (best price 8-1) does, so he gets the vote as a result. Gay Kellaway’s inmate clicked immediately with today’s surface when breaking his duck at the fourth time of asking back in March and he went on to prove that 5f on the all-weather suits him best by adding to his win tally at Newcastle two starts ago. Slightly off target back on turf last time out, the son of Dutch Art returns to his favoured terrain nicely refreshed after a 105-day break and potentially well drawn down the far side of the track (where most of the straight winners came from last season), he makes quite a bit of appeal at his top morning price.
As we saw yesterday with Viva Steve, the Fergal O’Brien team continue to thrive and in the shape of MYSTIFIABLE (NAP) (best price 5-2), the Naunton handler has a decent chance of bagging another winner. Similar to his stable mate, the son of Kayf Tara looks just the type to catch fresh and in winning first time out last season, that theory bags a good deal of substance. Not only did he breeze to victory on his opening bow this time last year, he went on to rise through the ranks with victories at Leicester and Newbury thereafter, and although he was disappointing on his final start of the campaign, he was probably over the top by then.
The claims of MASTER OF SONG (best price 20-1) don’t appear too obvious at first glance, but a close inspection of his overall form arguably gives him better prospects than his early morning quotes suggest. In reasonable form on turf towards the backend of season, Roy Bowring’s charge – who is better known for his exploits on an all-weather surface – ran with a good deal more encouragement than his final finishing position indicates over tonight’s course last time out and because of that blob next to his name on the page, he’s rather slipped under the radar of the bookmakers. Coming with a reasonable looking run up the far side rail inside the two pole, the son of Ballet Master got cut off at the pass and although he kept trying to pursue daylight for the remainder of the race, Lady Luck clearly wasn’t his bedfellow that evening. Although most of his best form has come over a mile, he stays this trip well enough (has won over 1m 4f) and at 25-1, he has to be worth a small shy at the stumps to roll back the years at the ripe old age of nine.