Architect Tips is back with four tips for today's racing, including a NAP at Stratford.
This is a competitive little event and even though the Michael Dods-trained HAVAGOMECCA (best price 6/1) hasn’t always looked the easiest of rides, she posted an improved effort when a close-up second last-time-out and is only a couple of pounds above her last winning mark too. The cheekpieces are applied which should has a positive outcome and she should get a nice lead into proceedings so with the form in the book to make a serious impact, she’s taken to strike under Connor Beasley.
DIRTY LEEDS (best price 7/2) has shown a lot of promise in four starts to date and wasn’t disgraced in a big-field event last time when midfield. He's dropped another couple of pounds and dips into this grade for the first time in his career. He is well-handicapped off this mark, especially when you consider the fact he was third in a higher-grade event on his penultimate start at Newcastle. Graham Lee is back in the saddle this time and the pair could be set for success in this moderate contest.
LATENIGHTFUMBLE (NAP) (best price 5/4) arrived at Cheltenham with three consecutive wins in the point sphere under her belt and she produced a very good performance which was backed up by the clock to score on hunters debut. She was made to work harder than anticipated in the closing stages by one of today’s rivals but travelled the best horse throughout that contest and won with a bit more in hand than the initial margin indicated. She’s seven-pounds better off with the runner-up here and looks capable of improving again with that experience under her belt. This half-sister to the classy Latenightpass is up against two interesting Irish raiders but both of those, as well as the remainder, will need to be above-average to beat Tom Ellis’ mare who can uphold that Cheltenham form and confidently score again under Gina Andrews before bigger assignments await her next campaign.
It was disappointing to see BOB AND CO (best price 6/1) fail to complete in the main event at the Cheltenham Festival for the second consecutive year but he’s still the class act in this field being rated 137, the highest of all the runners. He beat Billaway at last year’s Punchestown Festival and while he was only second to Law Of Gold in this twelve months ago, he’s better than that and he was probably feeling the effects of his victory. Paul Nicholls is likely to have him absolutely spot on for today’s assignment and having bypassed this year’s festival in Ireland to keep him a fresher horse, that can make all the difference in the outcome of this year’s event.