[2.20 - Tuff Rock 8/1 generally
Hamada heads the market here on the back of a winning return to action at Wolverhampton, but this is a tougher race, under vastly different conditions, on a 5lb higher mark. Now Children is a nice prospect and it’ll pinch if he wins because he’s on the “to follow” list, but he’s short enough on this first attempt at middle distances. Crowned Eagle was game as a whistle at Kempton last time and I reckon he’ll go well again, but he may not get an easy lead on this more galloping track and even if he does, he may set it up for a closer.
Step up Tuff Rock for Ed Walker, a horse I reckon has a stonking chance at around 8/1 this morning. This well-built son of Fastnet Rock has amassed some good experience to date but it’s only in his last two races has Walker’s 4yo started to look like a racehorse. He was fiercely keen throughout at Thirsk last month, but ultimately he travelled up menacingly and hit the front well enough, before being ran out of it by a 33/1 shot late on.
That race has worked out really well since, with several in behind following up with solid runs -- including 1 or 2 eye-catching Chester runs, while the 9th at Thirsk, Bolder Bob, came out and won well at Hamilton 10 days ago.
Tuff Rock went up 2lb for that effort which is perfectly reasonable and although he’s not proven on fast ground, there’s no reason he shouldn’t run a very big race here off 8st 8lb, with Eddie Greatrex getting another chance after their Kempton hard luck story in March.
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I’ll settle for just the one single win bet today on the above selection, but I do have a few other interests to put into a smaller stakes E/w multiple. Check em out below…
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