Anthony Mullins’ charge can make light of a 10lb rise with further improvement on the cards.
FEARBUSTER (best price 7/4)
exhibited a fair amount of ability before fading in the closing stages on debut at Wolverhampton and is expected to build on that promising performance and take a hand in the finish of this seemingly weaker affair. Hugo Palmer’s charge certainly knew her job at the Dunstall Park venue - showing bright speed to race handy in the early exchanges of what turned out to be a generously run contest - but as she was forced to race wide throughout, it came as little surprise to see the daughter of Fastnet Rock fade in the closing stages. Better drawn on this occasion and with that vital experience under her belt, the combination of those two factors make her a more enticing proposition second time around. With Belle Mare Plage looking exposed, the danger may stem from the lightly-raced Aksum, who showed bright speed before hitting the wall a furlong out over 6f last time.
Fearbuster - 1pt @ 7/4Lost -1pts
Both ZAIDIYN (best price 7/2)
and TEO VIVO (best price 9/1)
were heavily involved in two hot races run at the track on New Year’s Day and are worth playing against the field on their return to the Scottish venue. The former looked poised to throw down a serious challenge to the upwardly mobile Aristo Du Plessis in a well-run Class 2 event only to blunder away his chance at the last, while the latter seemed likely to claim a competitive Class 4 contest(also strongly run) on the same card until his stamina ebbed away on the run-in. With the pair running almost identical final circuit times – Zaidiyn 2.11.4 compared to Teo Vivo 2.12.0 – it makes choosing between them a difficult decision, so the safest option is to split stakes on each to avoid any possible annoyance of backing the wrong one.
Zaidyn - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pts
Teo Vivo - 1pt @ 9/1Lost -1pts
SHANNAK(NAP) (best price 7/4)
appeared to score with quite a bit up his sleeve when successful at this course 10 days ago and he looks primed to follow up that impressive display despite a 10lb rise in the ratings. Always in command of that similar race, class-wise, Anthony Mullins’ charge galloped away from his 14 rivals without being resorted to anything like a vigorous ride by his in-form pilot and given how strong he was in the latter part of the contest, this former pointer shapes as though he may improve further still now asked to race over an extra three furlongs.
Shannak - 2pts @ 7/4Won 3.5pts