Andy fired home a two-point each-way nap yesterday so is in cracking form.
The sight of Plinth carrying top weight rather gives this competitive handicap a lopsided look to it and it might well be that those towards the bottom of the page are capable of taking centre stage. The two that make most appeal at the prices having proven they both go really well around this tight track are DO TRY DOLLY (best price 14/1)
and SUPREME VINNIE (best price 6/1)
, and they should be backed accordingly. The former has a terrific record at this venue – as form figures of 2114 testify – and although she’s arguably better over the minimum trip, she has enough solid performances over further to ease the mind on that score. Providing the ground stays on the fast side, the daughter of Millenary has a decent chance of outrunning her odds for local connections.
Although the latter has a bit to find with Princely Conn on their Punchestown clash, there’s a decent chance that Denise O’ Shea’s inmate could turn the tables around with his old rival racing at a track that clearly suited his run-style the last day. Having a struck up a fair partnership with the very useful lady conditional Rachel Blackmore of late, the son of Vinnie Roe can make full use of his feather weight.
Do Try Dolly - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost -1pts
SUPREME VINNIE - 1pt @ 6/1Won 6pts
INDULGED (NAP) (best price 13/8)
looked all quality when she got off the market the second time of asking at Ripon last time out and she can make an immediate impact on her first attempt in handicap company. An encouraging fourth in a red-hot maiden at Nottingham on her debut (second and third won since and are both now rated in the 90’s), James Fanshawe’s filly scored with more in hand than the official market suggest at the Yorkshire venue 19 days ago and with the winning time and final four furlong sectionals also suggesting it was an above-average performance, the daughter of Teofilo doesn’t appear too badly treated off a mark of 82.
Indulged - 2pts @ 13/8Lost -2pts
In what looks to be an absolute belting novices’ chase for this time of year, HERON HEIGHTS (best price 12/1)
rates the value call to make full use of his proven track form and run way beyond his market expectations. Although way below the standard set by many of today’s rivals based on his hurdle form, fences clearly bought out a new dimension to his game last time out and with the time figure he posted that night suggesting it was a performance of some repute, Henry De Bromhead’s charge might just have what it takes to mix it against this much stiffer set of opponents.
Heron Heights - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pts