THE TOURARD MAN(best price 5/2) impressed with how he went about his work at Exeter last time out and with the excellent Kevin Dowling seemingly stealing 10lbs off in the saddle (looks a very promising conditional), the combination look an irresistible force. Although it would be unfair to say Alan King’s charge had gone at the game prior to that much-needed success, he wasn’t exactly in the sort of form that would have had many punters queuing up to pile into him at the West Country venue, but now he seems to have turned the corner in a big way on the evidence of that display, there’s likely to be a swell of confidence surrounding his chances this time around. Clearly the better ground suited the son of Shantou rather than the soft conditions he’d been encountering during the winter, so providing the going stick measurements read the same as of time of writing, his chance looks a clear-cut one.
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The Tourard Man - 1pt @ 5/2
Connections of FORT CARSON(best price 13/2) should be applauded in turning around the fortunes of this previously tricky customer and on the evidence of his latest victory at Exeter, Neil King’s charge may not be quite finished winning just yet. 0-20 in his native Ireland, the son of Stowaway hasn’t looked back since transferring to the Wiltshire air and given the time figure of his win 27 days ago points towards a horse very much punching above his weight at present, odds of 6/1 appear well worth taking about this in-form 10-year-old.
FORT CARSON – 1 point each-way@6/1
Fort Carson - 1pt e/w @ 13/2
Having followed up his previous course win at today’s track here last week, VINEGAR HILL (NAP)(best price 7/4) is fancied to complete a hat trick of victories at the Nottinghamshire venue. Despite dropping back in trip 8 days ago, Anna Brook’s charge made light work of the task at hand and pulling readily clear in the closing stages, he scored with a fair bit more in hand than the official winning margin suggests. Clearly this flat, left-handed track and the brush hurdles suits the son of Kayf Tara down to the ground and with plenty of rain forecast in the build up to the race, the seven-year-old could have the ideal conditions to offset his 12st burden.