Once again we have seven selections in the Tips Den, today in hope of setting up a busy and profitable weekend.
Fiendish - International Law brings sound promise to the table but at a quirky track, Brian Meehan’s 3yo colt is opposable first time out. Manton Grange is an interesting one and has races in him, but he has to give plenty of weight away here over a trip he’s unproven over. Mark Johnston trained horses have been in the frame 26 (6 winners) of the 39 times they’ve run at Bath in the last 3 years. The stable is in solid form and Fiendish brings decent recent form into this maiden contest and has match practice on her side, along with getting weight all around this evening.
Goodwood Crusader - Looks ahead of the handicapper under sharp 7lb claimer Finley Marsh and should be able to get the better of Hannon’s runner here.
Bad Boy Du Pouldu - A weak looking class 4 handicap over a few yards shy of 2m2f and Gary Moore’s ex-French inmate took a step in the right direction at Chepstow last time out, despite being beaten 18 lengths into 7th of 15. The handicapper has dropped the lightly-raced 6yo to a mark of 109 and he could be overpriced at morning odds at a venue where the yard do very well.
Swashbuckle - Nicely weighted on 85 and 8st 9lb here for this return to the turf, on the back of a solid seasonal debut at Newcastle in March, where he lacked the gears late on having made much of the running. He seems progressive, stays well and all told he looks set to play a big part in the outcome in this 2m2f contest.
Dubawi Prince - A Derby entrant who will find considerably better company here than in his Doncaster maiden win last time out, where it appeared like Roger Varian’s charge was made to work very hard. But to my eye he was comfortably holding them and can improve again. He isn’t overly imposing, but like so many quality Dubawi offspring he’s just a very honest galloper who finds very well for pressure. Dubawi Prince is the only horse in the field with a recent run, he’s unexposed and at 11/1 I have to have him on side.
Solomon’s Bay - Another GG Alert notebook 3yo of mine on the back of a decent maiden win at Yarmouth last September, where this son of Exceed And Excel displayed a likeable mix of pace and stamina. He can be forgiven for running poorly in the Autumn stakes where he didn’t really handle the track nor get the run of things enough to give a better reflection of his ability. A mark of 88 is a reasonable starting place, while both the 7f trip and more galloping nature of Newbury should also suit. I’m keen as punch to have Silvestre De Sousa on side as often as possible this term and at 10/1 in a few places, the pair will do for me in an open handicap.
Double Up - Has so often promised to be well above average but couldn’t really build on things last season. Has reportedly suffered from wind issues, but has had another procedure to rectify it since last seen in November and if it has worked, this race is his for the taking first time out.
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