Punters pile into Devout
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It's not unusual to see a runner backed on handicap debut but it is always interesting when it arrives, as it has for Jamie Osbourne's Devout. This 2-y-o son of Holy Roman Emperor has had the mandatory three runs before stepping into handicap company but has shown very little in those runs so far, with his nearest finish beaten some twelve-and-a-half lengths. The money looks significant if Fergus Sweeney can make use of his ideal low draw.
John Wade's 7-y-o looked to be on the upgrade in lower class races towards the back-end of last season when notching up a Newcastle double but he is yet to hit those heights in two runs so far this year. He looked in need of the run on his reappearance and his jumping went awry last time but the handicapper has eased him five pounds for that. He carries bottom weight today with his rider claiming a further seven pounds and, if getting his act together, could well go close.
The Jim Boyle stable are currently in red-hot form with six out of their last eight runners finishing either first or second, with half of those winning, and this 6-y-o has been well backed to continue this fine streak. Already a four-time winner over course and distance, Speak The Truth looks on a winnable mark of 62, and he bids to end a losing streak which stretches back to January this year. That day, over course and distance, he won off 66 and with the jockey claiming another five off his back, he should be right there today.