SECOND WAVE (best price 3/1)
displayed good battling qualities when winning on all-weather debut at Chelmsford two starts ago and armed with the knowledge that an all-weather surface clearly suits the son of New Approach as well as the turf, he rates a decent bet to get back on track following a defeat at Newbury subsequently. Although he could only manged third on his most recent outing at the Berkshire venue, in chasing home two progressive three-year-olds he still came out of the race with great credit and he still appears well handicapped base on his overall form and speed figures.
Second Wave - 1pt @ 3/1Won 3pts
BIG WHISKEY (best price 8/1)
was given a mountain to climb by his pilot at Lingfield last time out, so it was to this five-year-old’s great credit that he managed to finish within hailing distance of the main protagonists from where he was at halfway. Still last two furlongs out, Jim Best’s inmate came home to such a degree that he clocked an amazing 21.7 finishing sectional from that point and given that he exhibited an equally impressive turn of foot over today’s course on his previous visit, the Ad Valorem gelding makes quite a bit of appeal at his early quotes.
Big Whiskey - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Placed 0.6pts
DUTIFUL SON (best price 11/4)
has been involved in some proper tear-ups of late, so even though he would appear a slightly frustrating type to the casual observer, his speed figures suggest otherwise. Good enough to finish a close-up third behind Georgian Bay in the final of the London Mile series here back in September, Simon Dow’s charge once again produced a fair level of form when fourth in a keenly-contested even at Lingfield last time out. As both of those performances were in Class 2 grade, today’s contest represents a huge drop in class for the son of Invincible Spirit, so it would come as a bit of a disappointment if he fails to take advantage of such calmer waters.
Dutiful Son - 1pt @ 11/4Won 2.75pts
John Best has orchestrated a real tune out of REVISION (best price 6/1)
of late and his good run looks set to continue at a track that clearly plays into his strengths. Winner of both his two visits to the Surrey venue since stepped up in trip, the son of Vision D’Tat impressed by the way he quickened up off solid fractions to beat a useful field on his latest start and the combination of speed as well as stamina are likely to see this three-year-old keep improving through the ranks.
Revision - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.2pts
Although EXIT EUROPE (best price 11/2)
did little wrong in defeat at Wolverhampton last time out, he left the impression that the extended mile trip at the Dunstall Park track just stretched his stamina to the limit and that he would be more of a suitable betting proposition when tackling his optimum distance of 7f. Posting his best set of figures when scoring nicely at the same track over that trip the time before, Andrew Reid’s inmate has a gilt-edged opportunity to return to winning ways providing the layout of this track tickles his taste buds.
Exit Europe - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/2Won 3.44pts