The six-year-old can take some time to get going and is now on his eighth run of the year without troubling the judge. However, the York effort indicated that better is due as he tried to make all from 2lb out of the handicap over an extended mile and a quarter before being overhauled approaching the furlong pole.
Clearly buoyed by the improvement shown, connections now drop the selection back in trip and grade just three days later with conditions expected to suit. Beverley Bullet has a 100% record at the Cumbrian venue and although yet to win over Monday’s trip, is versatile with victories over 7f and beyond a mile, with top track speed figures in the book.
Beverley Bullet 1pt ew @ 6-1
DIAMOND DOUGAL (Windsor, 7.40) was successful over course and distance on his first run of the season beating Equitation (winner here last time) and has run well in defeat since, the last two times in the mud.
Heavy going dulled his finishing kick in a £10,000 race at Haydock last time but with no further rain forecast this evening for Windsor, conditions should be less testing and Diamond Dougal is expected to finish fast and late.
Diamond Dougal 1pt ew @10-1
Now three runs into the new season, Hawaam ran a fine race 16 days ago in a much better contest, giving way late on after trying to make all. This race on paper represents his easiest task to date as he drops into Class 5 company for the first time. His pace and class can tell.
Hawaam 1pt win @ 15-8