Our in-form tipster struck with a 13/2 winner yesterday and he has five selections on Friday.
The sectional times posted by MEDBURN DREAM (best price 7/2)
at Epsom last week suggested Paul Henderson’s charge is still some way ahead of the handicapper and he can put that theory to the test when attempting to complete a quick hat trick under his mandatory 6lb penalty. Using the path at the top of the hill at the Surrey venue as the staring point, the son of Showcasing clocked 1.30.6 from that marker to the line and comparing those numbers to So Mi Dar (1.32.3), Barwick (1.32.0) and Dark Red (1.31.0), the in-form three-year-old ran well beyond the capabilities of a 66-rated horse. Clearly at his best when allowed to bowl along in front, hopefully there will be a bit of rain in the area during the day to provide him with his perfect surface and if that turns out to be the case, he’s going to be tough to pass using the data produced from nine days ago.
MEDBURN DREAM - 2pts @ 7/2Won 7pts
Given his track form, MR DIABLO (best price 16/1)
has to come into the argument on several solid bits of course form and even though many of those notable performances were achieved on proper winter soft ground, today’s better surface will be more in his favour. Although he was pulled up behind hot-favourite Marlborough two starts ago (ground and track against him), the son of Presenting bounced back to form with a cosy success at Fairyhouse last time out and given that he’s been locking horns with the likes of Outlander, Measureofmydreams, Zabana and Sizing John over fences this season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be competitive on his first try in handicap company over fences.
MR DIABLO - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1Placed 1.5pts
EBADANI (best price 9/2)
made the very smart Emerging Talent pull out all the stops on his latest outing at Taunton and a reproduction of that level of form is likely to see Jamie Snowden’s charge in the thick of the action against a field that doesn’t appear to contain any superstars. Although he was down the field on his previous two starts, both performances can be attributed to the soft ground and with his best form when trained by Mick Halford in Ireland coming on a decent surface, today’s underfoot conditions should provide the son of Halling with the ideal opportunity for him to break his duck over hurdles.
EBADANI - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pts
In what looks to be a fairly weak Grade 1 prize, JERS GIRL (NAP) (best price 2/1)
stands out as the main star on show. Fast ground meant that connections avoided the Triumph hurdle with their filly and that policy paid off in a big way when she landed the Grade 1 Mares Championship Final at Fairyhouse last time out with the minimum of fuss. In a change from the normal front-running tactics, Gavin Cromwell’s inmate proved just as effective when held up off sound fractions, and powering clear in the latter stages, she also showed that she stays a soundly-run affair over 2m 4f. If any more positives were needed, the daughter of Jeremy gets a handy 18lb weight-for-age allowance against her elders and with soft ground very much in her favour, she rates a first-class bet at her top morning odds representing a stable that enjoyed a big success here yesterday.
JERS GIRL - 2pts @ 2/1Won 4pts
On The Fringe is likely to prove all the rage to follow his victories at Cheltenham and Aintree but today’s task may turn out to be his toughest assignment of the season given the possibility of testing ground and the overall strength of the opposition. Paint The Clouds and Salsify are sure to have their supporters also, but the main threat to the favourite based on his run in the Foxhunters at the festival has to be MARITO (best price 9/2)
and he looks the proverbial each-way bet to nothing at his top morning price. The son of Alkaide has always had a touch of class throughout his career and those qualities came to the fore with what turned out to be an extraordinary effort at Prestbury Park 42 days ago. Setting out on the final circuit with only fresh air behind him, Colm McBratney’s inmate did remarkable well not only to get himself into the thick of the action going down to the last, but to actually put it up to Enda Bolger’s star on the run to the line. With several of today’s other main rivals well beat in behind, there’s no obvious reason why he won’t confirm the form and with soft ground likely to play into his strengths at a track where he’s gone well in the past, the 10-year-old has a decent shot at turning the tables on his old advisory.
MARITO - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pts