Nice and simple today - One Each-Way shot, one to win!
It’s been a while between drinks for VIF ARGENT (best price 8-1) put there has been one or two glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel in recent times and his latest effort over fences at Bangor suggests he’s not a forlorn hope to return to winning ways in a race as poor as the one he faces today.
A previous C&D winner when with David Pipe, the son of Dom Alco has yet to strike for new connections, but he ran way beyond expectations up against a well-handicapped horse of Olly Murphy’s at the North Wales track last week and if he can translate that level of form back over hurdles, he must surely have some sort of chance of being competitive.
The feature of that race eight days ago was the sound pace throughout – which resulted in a fast final circuit – and it was noticeable that the nine-year-old had no trouble keeping up the gallop, so that has to be good sign knowing that Danceintothelight is likely to charge off in his usual trail-blazing fashion. Hooded again but with the tongue-tie off, hopefully that different approach will yield maximum results and he’s fancied to finish in the frame at the very least if all goes well.
FINTAS (NAP) (best price 11-4) ran out a game winner of an above-average novice event here 19 days ago (fast overall time and closing sectionals) and with the form of that contest working out a treat subsequently, Richard Hughes’ youngster is strongly fancied to go in again.
Shaping well on debut when fourth in a decent contest at Wolverhampton (second won since), the son of Lope De Vega found the necessary leap forward in order for him to get his head in front at the Essex track and given that he was a shade keen in the early stages, the performance probably deserves upgrading.
Not only has the third, Catan, won since, the fourth home, Brian Epstein also obliged next time out, and with tonight’s step up in trip likely to suit, this progressive colt is expected to take full advantage of his inside stall next to the fence.