Our resident tipster is back after a two day break with four this evening.
EIGHT TILL LATE (NAP) (best price 15-8) has been called one or two rude names in the past with his propensity to find less than anticipated off the bridle a regular annoyance for many punters, but he seems to have shaken off that trait on the evidence of his last two starts and, as a result, confidence is fairly high he can score for the third time in succession. Peter Casey has always had the ability to ghost his way through a race traveling well, so it was nice to see him get the job done in no uncertain terms two starts ago at Clonmel when he was the chief beneficiary of the late fall of Valgor De Ronceray. Proving that was no flash in the pan, the son of Desert King impressed by the way he bounded up the hill on the way to an easy victory over tonight’s C&D last time out and with his confidence as high as it’s been for a while, the in-form nine-year-old makes plenty of appeal.
The race won by Phalaborwa was a very good one for the grade on the speed figures, so there’s every chance that refugees from that heat, DIABLE D’OR (best price 25-1) and RED GUNNER (best price 12-1) prove the value of the form from the Dunstall Park venue. The former, making his all-weather debut, ran on well in the closing stages considering he got posted out on the wing from his wide draw and with the first-time blinkers on hopefully a source of improvement, the Clodovil gelding looks a tad overpriced. The latter also shaped better than his final finishing position suggested 23 days ago and, he, too, appeals as a tempting each-way proposition. Having just his third outing since switching stables, David O’Meara’s charge caught the eye making some nice late headway from the back of the field without being unduly punished and based on all known evidence, he looks a much more reliable conveyance on a synthetic track.
So far, CLOWANCE ONE (best price 5-1) has proven to be a much better horse on the all-weather than on turf, so returning to the scene of his best performances to date (2-2), Roger Charlton’s inmate deserves maximum respect. The son of Oasis Dream first hinted that tonight’s track could turn out to be his domain when scoring on his third career start in a maiden and he kept his unbeaten record at the Surrey venue in tact by landing a 2m handicap on his latest outing last month. Taking up the running going well four out, the five-year-old responded well to the first-time blinkers to stride away from his field to win with a bit to spare and even though tonight’s race looks a competitive one on paper, there’s no reason why he won’t acquit himself with distinction.