kevin-o-malley-the-tips-denAfter a break at home in his native land, our man O'Malley is back on GG Tips Den duty with a trio of selections on Thursday afternoon...

Today’s Selections:

HAMILTON

2.30 - Alexander James E/w 10/3 William Hill, double stakes

If you’re new to the column, an E/w bet in the 3/1 range won’t be for everyone and they’re not a bet bookmakers take well to in some circumstances. But, while I have reduced my activity in this price range in recent years - mainly for the latter reason - the odd race will be ideal for an E/w smash against a favourite. Alexander James won at 33/1 on his Southwell debut, recording a remarkable RPR 91 / Topspeed 75 over the mile trip. He made his turf debut at Thirsk next time and was not able to quite back up that fibresand performance, but he still shaped well in 3rd place. I think this drop from a mile to six furlongs is an interesting move. Although the 3yo is quite stoutly bred, there is plenty of speed in his style of running and I think he has every chance of giving Keith Dalgleish’s I Could Do Better plenty of it here in the closing stages. The others in the line-up need to improve a good deal to get involved.

4.30 - Imperial State E/w 8/1 Paddy Power

This 6yo returned from a 315 day absence to run an eye-catching race from a wide draw at Chester last time out, in a race that was worked out very encouragingly since. The winner, Gossiping, produced a career best victory at Epsom to frank the form emphatically. The 3rd came out and won nicely at Carlisle, the 6th improve to finish a good 2nd at Chester next time out, as did the 8th home behind Gossiping, who produced an improved run when chasing home Club Wexford at Wetherby. Gay Kelleway’s Robero only beat one of the 14 home at Chester, but ran a cracker to be second at Lingfield next time. Imperial State runs off the same mark of 82 here and the step back in trip on soft ground could bring about some progression. Hopefully he is next in line to advertise the Chester form and he looks good value at around 8/1.

RIPON

4.20 - Queen Of Burgundy 10/3 @ Unibet

This well-built Lethal Force filly trained by Christine Dunnett defied 40/1 odds to absolutely bolt up in a Leicester handicap last time out and she looks over-priced to follow up here under Darragh Keenan, who negates her 6lb penalty with his handy claim. Many will call “fluke” about Queen Of Burgundy’s win, but there was nothing flukey about the excellent speed figure she produced, or the manner of the victory. I reckon she could be open to further improvement and if she was trained at a trendier yard, there is little doubt she’d be closer to being favourite.


Queen Of Burgundy is part of your Tasty Treble for Thursday.


All prices correct at the time of writing in the GG Tips Den, per the top/joint top prices available on the GG.CO.UK Racecards.

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