Steve Ryder is back with two tips for today's action.
The Peter Bowen trained DALKINGSTOWN (best priced at 4/1) was a winner for us here earlier this month over fences and he should now prove hard to beat back over hurdles off the same mark. The eight-year-old had been running consistently well this year so far before winning over 2m7f here last time in a first time tongue tie-cheekpieces combination. That victory came over fences off a mark of 105 where he showed a good attitude to beat the well backed Port O’Clock who was making his debut for David Pipe.
The handicapper has raised Dalkingstown 5lbs for that success up to a mark of 110 over fences but connections have decided to run him back over hurdles off a mark of 105 over the same course and distance. The biggest danger looks to be Rookie Trainer who won over this course and distance last time but he isn’t the most consistent and preference therefore goes to Dalkingstown for Peter and Sean Bowen.
POET'S DAWN (best priced at 15/8) finished a close 3rd off a career low mark of 65 last time and he should now hold strong claims off 1lb higher in an easier race. The Tim Easterby trained gelding finished only ½ length behind Jackhammer at Carlisle a week ago in a Class 4 handicap and he now drops into this Class 6 0-65 handicap off top weight.
The handicapper has raised Poet’s Dawn 1lb for that run but he should now prove hard to beat down in class with first time cheekpieces added.
The Simon Hodgson trained TOTAL COMMITMENT (best priced at 6/1) struggled at Royal Ascot but should appreciate this drop back down in class to a Class 3 0-95 handicap. The six-year-old finished 3rd on his reappearance at Windsor off a mark of 94 and the handicapper has been generous dropping him down to a mark of 91 for this race.
That mark of 91 is the lowest mark Total Commitment has raced off since a victory in February 2021 with him also placing last year off marks of 93, 94, 94, 94 and 95. That shows he is now well handicapped and he can hopefully run well with 3lb claimer William Carver back on board.