GG tipster Kevin O’Malley has cast a steely eye over the ITV Racing action on Saturday and has unearthed FIVE Dark Horses well worthy of close attention across the afternoon...
Jumira Bridge is not the most consistent as you can see from recent form figures and in this game, stale bread is soon forgotten. But his best run this season was five starts ago over this course and distance, where he ran to an RPR of 98 when landing a handicap here for Robert Cowell and owner Tom Morley. Jumira Bridge returns to the scene of his most notable crime in 2019, off just 2lb higher this time, under the owner’s preferred jockey Oisin Murphy. It might just pay to pay attention.
My NAP for Saturday is in this race and you can find out who/why in our GG VIdeo View, but for a Dark Horse in the race, if there is to be a surprise, Simon Dow’s Hector Loza. This Kodiac colt has won nicely on his last two outings, improving notably well from his 3rd on debut. He is good on the clock and if handling the turf, wouldn’t be completely out of this. In fact, if he was trained by a big yard and had fancy silks, he’d probably be half the odds he currently is.
This horse had excuses on his last two starts. He didn’t stay the trip and underperformed behind Sir Ron Priestley last time out and before that, the soft ground and trip will have done him in the Lingfield Derby Trial won by its eventual winner, Anthony Van Dyck. Three Comets clearly has a quirk and may not have trained on at all after a good juvenile season, but he’s been given time to mature and returns from a mid-Summer break in first time blinkers. He can be considered a Dark Horse in this little ten furlong contest.
The manner in which Ornate shot clear of the field like a scalded cat in the Stewards Cup was one of the sprinting sights of the season! Of course, he quickly came back to the field and was out of his depth in that company over 6f. But he is another horse who could bounce back to early-season form here. He’s been uninspiring (bar the spirited early bid for Stewards Cup glory) on his last four outings, but beat Final Venture here over the course and distance back in June and on that effort, he’d have a fair chance off a BHA rating of 103.
Here’s a real Dark one! An Argentinian horse, trained by Dermot Weld, running in a Listed race at Chester. Need I say anymore? Obviously, this horse is intriguing and the market seems to feel he is going to run well under Chris Hayes. Stivers won a few at Group 3 level in his native land and was also placed in Group 1 company in Argentina. This is by no means a strong Listed race, so it will be interesting to see what he can do.
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