Punters Bank on Tail
Sky Bet's Andrew Wootton brings us the latest from the firm's trading room with gambles across three meetings.
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Carruthers will need no introduction to most as he has been a main feature in top class races for many years now, with his famous victory in the Hennessey of 2011 being the pinnacle. He didn't show much sparkle after that landmark success until routing the field here at Ffos Las on heavy ground on Boxing Day over two furlongs shorter than today's marathon trip and, if in similar form, he could be hard to beat.
Tom Symonds' mare has found some surprising improvement lately when winning each of her last two starts, both on very soft ground which she gets today. She has sprung 33/1 and 16/1 surprises when winning at both Ascot and Kempton but has risen 16lb for those efforts. Despite the rise in the weights she carries only 10st 9lb, and with regular pilot Ben Poste claiming seven, she could well defy the handicapper once again.
There is a case to be argued that each of Tail Of The Bank's rivals are on the downgrade after some successes in some top chases over the years but Laura Young's ten-year-old could be one that might just have a bit of improvement in him. He was a nicely progressive novice chaser two years ago before injury forced him out of action and travelled well enough last time before tiring, to suggest that there could be a good prize still to come from him.