AL(best price 6/4) has been a bit of a slow burner, but has shown enough ability to suggest he will make up into a proper horse next season once he fills his sizeable frame and he can sign off his season with a confidence-boosting win now taking a massive step down in grade. Impressive when scoring by a big margin at Newmarket, connections took the plunge and allowed their charge to contest the ultra-competitive Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting and although he could only manage seventh, he ran a good deal better than his final finishing position suggests. Too keen after seeing too much daylight early, Luca Cumani’s charge had little left in the tank for the final push towards the latter stages, but the way he went through the race until that juncture, indicates he remains a horse of some promise.
Al - 1pt @ 6/4Lost 1pt
ARTSY (NAP)(best price 7/4) hadn’t done too much to set the world alight in three maidens but looked a totally different proposition on handicap debut off a bargain basement mark and should be followed to repeat the dose of her Chelmsford win. On a night when there was a huge track bias favouring those that raced on the speed, Roger Varian’s charge was the only one to swim against the tide and win from coming off the pace, so it’s safe to assume she clearly had plenty in hand of the official assessor in order to accomplish such a feat. A rise of just 7lb, therefore, seems insufficient punishment for the Dutch Art filly and she looks totally different gear to this modest bunch opponents based on that last performance.
Artsy - 2pts @ 7/4Lost 2pts
LADURELLI(best price 9/2) clocked a smart time when slamming his seven opponents on only his second career start at Chelmsford last time and he looks more than an interesting contender on his handicap debut off a mark of 85. Clearly benefiting from a switch of stables and a gelding operation following a modest effort on debut at Newbury, Paul Cole’s charge impressed by the way he powered his way to victory in the closing stages of that strong-run maiden at the Essex venue and with the runner-up, Tartoor, being a fair guide to the level of the form, the son of Mastercraftsman should turn out to be a major player with expected improvement to come.