Aidan O'Brien's Sea of Blue is one of five bets from our expert pundit on a busy Friday.
Although beaten a fair way and never really a factor at Ludlow last time out, BRAMBLE BROOK (best price 11/2)
still showed enough to suggest he may be a more potent force in a much weaker contest and over further – and that’s precisely what connections have found for the son of Kayf Tara. Not only was the track on the sharp side for Colin Tizzard’s charge that day, time has told the race was a particularly hot one for the venue in the middle of winter and with today’s contest littered with horses that are difficult to weigh up, the six-year-old should turn out to be a key factor in the outcome.
Bramble Rock - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1Lost -1pts
In what represents a significant ease in competition based on his last three starts, BURNING THREAD (best price 4/1)
can take advantage and get back on the winning tail. Runner-up to the useful Taajub over today’s C&D two starts ago, David Elsworth’s inmate never figured on his return visit 14 days later but given that he was badly hampered and knocked back through the field in the early stages, the run is probably best forgotten. Likely to get the strong pace he desires courtesy of trail-blazing Bertie Blu Boy, the Captain Rio gelding can turn on the after-burners down the straight.
BURNING THREAD - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts
Although yet to win over 7f, JAMESIE (best price 9/2)
has run many solid races over tonight’s trip and having missed out on running for a big pot on finals day at Lingfield last time out, compensation awaits for David Marnane’s charge here. Still going strong and hardly ever running a bad race at this venue, the son of Kodiac returns to his favourite track following two excellent performances out in the desert and this evergreen eight-year-old looks sure to go well again in a race that should be run to suit from his favourable inside draw.
JAMESIE - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 5.4pts
Despite star-gazing more often than professor Brian Cox, MANJAAM (best price 5/2)
still proved too strong for a field which contained the consistent and reliable yardstick Ice Royal and previous winners Toumar and Blacklister at Chelmsford last time out and he looks a colt worth following in the short-term based on that performance. Prior to that sterling effort, Ed Dunlop’s charge had the misfortune to bump in subsequent dual scorer Pirate’s Treasure over tonight’s C&D and as both displays intimated that a step up in trip wouldn’t do him any harm, the son of Tamayuz can continue on the upward curve.
MANJAAM - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pts
SEA OF BLUE (NAP) (best price 6/1)
has really come of age of late and following another solid performance at this track last week, Aidan O’Brien’s charge is taken to turn the form around with Locus Standi back over a more suitable trip. Although a previous winner over 1m 2f, the daughter of Fastnet Rock’s best performance came when she outstayed her old rival and Maple Hill over today’s C&D two starts ago and even though she could have done with a slightly better draw, hopefully her regular pilot will be able to work his mount into a more favourable early position that he did seven days ago (left her with way too much to do).
SEA OF BLUE - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.2pts