A typically wide-open 5f three-year-old sprint handicap with cases to be made for many, but the two that could be worth a few quid against the field are ROSE MARMARA (best price 13-2) and CROMBAY (best price 10-1). The former has been running consistently well all season and she arrives here having posted another sound effort when runner-up to the useful Excessable at Ripon last time out. Although she couldn’t quite cope with the winner in the closing stages, the time figure she achieved was decent enough to suggest she still remains on top of her game and with solid form over a whole variety of tracks and ground, she has the versatility to be competitive on her first outing over tonight’s C&D.
The latter takes a little more explaining but the school of thought behind her selection is based on pure C&D form. On both starts Tim Easterby’s charge has shipped up at the Yorkshire venue, she has been successful, so even though her recent form figures wouldn’t make her an automatic choice for most, the return to the scene of her two best performances on form and on the clock might just galvanise her spirits enough to for her to be competitive from her potentially favourable high draw up the stands side fence.
REHEARSE (best price 6-1) ran with a good deal of credit on his AW/handicap debut over tonight’s course last time out and providing he can run to a similar level of form 19 days on, Andrew Balding’s charge should be in the thick of action once again. In a race run at a sound tempo, the Big Bad Bob colt finished his race off nicely in the latter stages to grab third behind the useful synthetic track specialist West Coast Flyer, and given that there could be plenty of improvement to come from this lightly-raced three-year-old seems slightly overpriced compared to his potential and bare form of that last performance.