A positive ride enabled HOPE IS HIGH (NAP) (best price 7-4) to recapture her best form at Yarmouth last week and similar tactics can see John Berry’s filly follow that impressive all-the-way success. The feature of that fine display at the seaside track was the relentless gallop she maintained right from the start and in stopping the clock in a very useful time, she posted the fastest furlong-per-furlong recording on the seven-race card. Although yet to run at tonight’s track, a forceful ride from the front is never a bad tactic at this figure-of-eight course, and if Jane Elliot – normally a good judge of pace – can get the fractions right at the head of affairs, the duo should prove very difficult to pass.
Bahamian Dollar certainly deserves to win a race based on his recent exploits and while he looks the one to beat here following two fine runner-up spots (last five Shropshire Wolves-owned horses have all finished second), the value each-way alternative at the prices has to be KING OF SPIN (best price 9-2). Although Richard Hughes’ inmate has a bit to find with the favourite on their latest clash over tonight’s C&D, there’s a decent chance he might be able to turn around the form now racing on better ground. Heavy rain led to the surface being softer than ideal for the son of Pivotal 21 days ago, but he still ran with great creditable to finish a close-up fourth to Major Pusey, who has gone on to boost the form with a tremendous effort in a much tougher race at Haydock next time out (Rio Ronaldo also won since). Prior to that decent effort, the four-year-old gelding had looked a shrewd purchase for new connections given the way he scored on his first start since leaving William Muir and hailing from a yard going really well at the moment, he should prove very competitive at a track that clearly suits his run-style.