Marco Botti’s charge bounced back to his best at this venue last time and rates a strong fancy.
BARYE (best price 11/2)
is a proper all-weather specialist through-and-through and can provide rookie trainer Richard Hughes another winner in the fledgling stage of his new career. Previously with David Simmcock, the son of Archipenko made a bright start for new connections when chasing home the very smart Oceanographer at Kempton last time out and as that run came off the back of three month layoff, it’s not unreasonable to expect a fair bit of improvement. Moreover, the time figure of that race at the Surrey venue suggests it was one worth following and the extra furlong he encounters here should also play into his strengths.
BARYE - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Won 6.6pts
GRENDISAR (best price 3/1)
can be a tricky costumer, but there’s also no denying that he has talent by the bucket load and as he often saves all his best form for this venue (form figures over 10f read 2111232), he rates the obvious moth-to-a-lightbulb selection. Following a period of slightly below-par performances, Marco Botti’s charge bounced back to his very best form on return to his favourite venue when runner-up to the classy Let’s Go over the C&D last time out. Given a typically patient ride by regular pilot Adam Kirby, the son of Invincible Spirit came from an unpromising position to get within hailing distance of the eventual winner and that run should put him cherry-ripe for another tilt at the prize he took in comfortable fashion twelve months ago.
GRENDISAR - 2pts @ 3/1Lost -2pts
Having already wasted two points on ante-post selection Diamond King, it’s probably not the greatest strategy in the world to offload a few more units on another runner in this competitive handicap, but in the shape of the progressive WINNER MASSAGOT (best price 6/1)
, Alan King’s charge is worth the risk. A smooth-as-silk winner over the C&D on his seasonal return, he proved that not only is he a well handicapped horse, but one that can thrive in big-field handicaps when the pace is very strong. Having witnessed his galloping companion, Yanworth, turn away his four rivals with total distain here yesterday, confidence will be high in the King camp that the son of Muyahmin will follow suit and with plenty of factors in his favour, there’s every chance he will.
WINNER MASSAGOT - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pts