Edge Closer to Portland Profit
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value on St Leger day at Doncaster and he's backing one at 18/1 in the Portland.
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1pt e.w Edge Closer in 15.00 Doncaster at 18/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4 Bodog, Boylesports)
Will we see a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 42 years at Doncaster on Saturday?
It's the question on everybody's lips as Camelot goes for racing immortality in the Ladbrokes St Leger. And if you're lucky you might sneak some even money about him on Saturday morning.
He's a whole different punting proposition at that sort of price than odds like 2/5 and I have to admit I don't think I could resist, even though there are lingering doubts about his stamina.
There are more obvious stayers in the St Leger, but, the drying ground is in his favour and I think, and hope, he will kill them for speed in the straight.
With the weather set fair I see no reason to take him on as he's had plenty of time off since the Irish Derby and comes into this a fresh horse.
So, I'll leave the St Leger alone and concentrate on the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap in which you have to look for a potential five-and-a-half furlong specialist.
Kaldoun Kingdom is well handicapped but I think he needs a full six furlongs, while Doc Hay was running on well over five after a short break last week but might just be in the handicapper's grip.
One I think might be well-handicapped at a trip that should be ideal is EDGE CLOSER who has been underestimated at 18/1.
This horse was rated 112 in his pomp in 2008 but that was the year of his last victory until he strolled home at Sandown last time.
The eight-year-old had been knocking on the door prior to that win having being dropped to his lowest handicap mark in five years (87) and he duly obliged under a confident Pat Dobbs.
He's been raised 7lbs for that success but such was the ease of his victory at Sandown he could still be a very well handicapped animal.
Perhaps he did have a less troublesome passage than runner-up Face The Problem when they meet in Esher but I'm far from convinced Jamie Osborne's horse will reverse the form here and he's much shorter in the betting.
The drying ground is in Edge Closer's favour and though he's won seven times over six furlongs his win last time was over five - and he powered away towards the end of the contest.
That gives hope that the extended five furlongs in the Portland will be ideal and he could be very hard to keep out of the frame.