Dolphin Vista scored in facile fashion on his fifth attempt at York last time out and he is fancied to give likely short-priced favourite Ebhitaal all the trouble he can handle
DOLPHIN VISTA (NAP)(best price 7/2)
scored in facile fashion on his fifth attempt at York last time out and he is fancied to give likely short-priced favourite Ebhitaal all the trouble he can handle in this competitive-looking nursery. Richard Fahey’s charge looked a totally different proposition given a strong-run mile with some cut in the ground and as he seemed to score with plenty left in the tank, he should be up to defying the handicapper’s decision to bump up the son of Zoffany 9lb for that demolition on the Knavesmire.
Dolphin Vista - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt
In what looks a tightly-knit affair, ROCK THE WORLD(best price 5/2)
gains the vote to topple his three rivals over a track which should play into his strengths. Always regarded as a chaser by connections, Jessica Harrington’s charge has been seen to good effect in five starts over fences during the summer jumping period, the highlight coming when he lowered the colours of the reformed character The Game Changer at Galway two starts ago. Sound jumping and his supreme stamina allowed him to gain the day over his old advisory in the long pull up the hill at Ballybrit on that occasion and a similar attacking ride from the front should go some way to ease the pain of his defeat at the hands of 25/1 shot Rightdownthemiddle at Listowel last time out.
Rock The World - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pts
VINTAGE VINNIE(best price 10/3)
made a sparkling start to his career over fences at Worcester on his seasonal bow and he could prove difficult to peg back if he gets into a similar rhythm over a track which often rewards sound jumping. Rebecca Curtis’ inmate certainly looked a natural on his chasing debut, jumping his nine rivals into submission with a display which befitted a horse of far greater experience and with those beaten that day including the likes of subsequent winners, Upswing and Shah Of Persia, the form is as good as any beginners chase seen so far this season.
Vintage Vinnie - 1pt @ 10/3Lost 1pt
MARAAKIB(best price 9/4)
clocked a smart time for the grade at Leicester last time out and he is strongly fancied to repeat the dose in the hands of top amateur, Simon Walker. Seemingly appreciating the step up to 1m 2f for the first time, David O’Meara’s charge got the better of a protracted dual with the well-backed Minstrel Lad, and with the pair pulling eight lengths clear of the rest, the form looks rock-solid.
Maraakib - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pts
TOP CAT HENRY(best price 6/1)
didn’t do a great deal wrong in his bid to follow up his previous Fontwell victory at Stratford last Saturday and remains one to keep on side now given a much stiffer examination. Dr Newland’s inmate gave the impression that the sharp nature of the Midland venue was just getting him on his head throughout and even though he tried as hard as he could to reel back the eventual winner, Carringmorna King, in the closing stages, Philip Hobbs’ track-specialist was always just keeping him at bay. As the time of the race suggested, those that were involved in the finish are all worth honourable praise, and having plenty of 3m form in his native Ireland, this relatively unexposed chaser should come into his own around this demanding circuit.
Top Cat Henry - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.25pts
Although up against plenty of sexier types, it would be dangerous to underestimate COTTESLOE (best price 14/1)
because of his small stable syndrome. John Berry has done really well with this six-year-old since acquiring him from Charles O’Brien’s stable and with 12f on the AW being his optimum conditions, the son of Teofilo is expected to easily outrun his double-figure quotes.
Cottesloe - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost 1pt