Architect Tips shares his Tote Placepot tips for today's racing at Stratford.
Leg 1 Selections: Shetland Bus
SHETLAND BUS was the best of these over hurdles and completed a three-timer last year for his former boss, defying a mark of 127 in the last of those wins. He has gradually got his act together over fences and ran really well when third in a bunch finish at Bangor last time. That form has worked out well with the winner scoring again since, so the nine-year-old gets the vote to capitalise on this good opportunity.
Leg 2 Selections: Oneforthegutter
Ian Williams’ ONEFORTHEGUTTER was very good on the Flat, in which he was rated as high as 102 at one stage. He looks the type who could be above average in this sphere, so assuming he takes to the hurdles, he should have too much class for these. Caesar’s Palace is feared most too on hurdles debut.
Leg 3 Selections: Dancing Harry
DANCING HARRY, another useful sort on the Flat, is related to plenty of nice types in this sphere and stamina won’t be any issue given his pedigree. He won on the Flat back in June and connections look as though they’ve had targeted him over hurdles for some time. With a fluent round of jumping, he should be very competitive.
Leg 4 Selections: Jack Thunder, Time To Bite
JACK THUNDER isn’t the most consistent but he’s ran well on a few occasions in stronger company under rules and makes his chase debut off a fair mark here. If the tongue-strap helps, he should be thereabouts. TIME TO BITE has made the frame the last two times and has an excellent chance here.
Leg 5 Selections: Land Of My Delight, Dynamic Kate
LAND OF MY DELIGHT is progressing over hurdles and ran his best race when second at Worcester last time on handicap debut. He is stepped up massively in trip here, so if he stays, he could go one better. DYNAMIC KATE has won two of her last three starts and while this is more competitive then last time, she has to be feared in her current mood.
Leg 6 Selections: Dream In The Park
DREAM IN THE PARK shaped well when runner-up in a pair of bumpers late last year and the form of both his placed efforts in this sphere looks solid in the context of this assignment. He has been unfortunate to bump into some useful types in practically all his starts to date but will find this easier and he makes his handicap debut off a fair mark of 110. He is the one to beat.