The David Evans-trained Swift Cedar is one of three Fibresand picks on Tuesday.
The return to a mile should provide PATRIOTIC (best price 11/10)
ample opportunity to regain the winning thread at a track where his form figures read 131613223. Third in a Class 3 affair at this meeting last year, Chris Dwyer’s inmate gave out signals that brighter times are just around the corner when occupying the same position in a soundly-run affair here last time out and as the handicapper has somewhat surprisingly dropped the son of Pivotal a further 2lb, that generosity allows him to run in Class 5 company for the first time in quite a while.
Patriotic - 1pt @ 11/10Won 1.1pts
WESTWOOD HOE (best price 5/2)
made a bright start to his Fibresand career when running out a ready winner of an ultra-competitive heat over the C&D last time out and on the evidence of that display, just a 2lb rise in the ratings doesn’t appear enough to prevent Tony Coyle’s charge repeating the dose. Staying on strongly after a slow beginning, the son of Oasis Dream clocked smart time in lowering the colours on many course regulars in this sort of grade and as he’s drawn better than main market rival Philba, who could get bogged down on the fence, it makes sense to side with the lightly-raced five-year-old once again.
Westwood Hoe - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pts
The race won by SWIFT CEDAR (best price 2/1)
over the C&D couldn’t have worked out any better subsequently and Dave Evans’ charge is taken to confirm form with Ralphy Boy despite slight reservations about this developing into a tactical, messy affair. Off the back of punishing fractions, the son of Excellent Art came through strongly late on to post one of the fastest round-track times compiled at the Nottinghamshire venue this winter, and with the likes of The Lock Master and Yul Finegold both going on to advertise the form, there’s no reason why the selection and his old rival won’t have another dust up.
Swift Cedar - 1pt @ 2/1Lost -1pts