No doubting Thomas claims
Thomas Hobson can win at Yarmouth on Tuesday according to Ashley Iveson, who has a tip for every race.
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CHEPSTOW: 2.20 Dimity, 2.50 Endless Light, 3.20 Golden Spear, 3.50 Secret Beau, 4.20 Peak Storm, 4.50 Rutherglen, 5.20 Be My Rock, 5.50 Belle Park.
LISTOWEL: 3.05 Masai, 3.35 Vasoni, 4.05 Caliso Bay, 4.40 Ravello Again, 5.10 Shanpallas, 5.45 Bayan, 6.15 Lagan Canal.
STRATFORD: 4.35 Pateese, 5.05 Killyglass, 5.35 Julie Prince, 6.05 Benbane Head, 6.35 Font, 7.05 Chalk It Down.
THIRSK: 2.10 See The Sun, 2.40 Sukari Gold, 3.10 Mount Tiger, 3.40 Our Boy Jack, 4.10 Abbotsfield, 4.45 Aquilla, 5.15 White Nile.
YARMOUTH: 2.30 Expect, 3.00 Solidarity, 3.30 Shotgun Start, 4.00 THOMAS HOBSON (NAP), 4.30 Kent Ragstone, 5.00 Master Of War, 5.30 Exotic Guest.
DOUBLE: Thomas Hobson and Kent Ragstone.
Thomas Hobson has raised his game significantly since encountering easier underfoot conditions and is taken to complete a hat-trick in the feature event at Yarmouth.
The Halling colt shaped with a good deal of promise when fourth in a Kempton maiden on his only start as a juvenile and there was not a lot wrong with his staying-on third when he made his comeback at Windsor in April.
It was evident lively ground was not to his liking when he ran the only disappointing race of his career so far at Sandown in early June, but the tide has turned markedly in his two subsequent starts.
The form of his comfortable triumph in officially soft ground at Leicester at the end of July reads well, with the runner-up, Break Bank, going one place better at Epsom next time.
Thomas Hobson himself stepped up a level when defying a nine-pound rise in the weights to strike in determined fashion at Newbury last time, earning him a further 4lb ascent in the ratings.
He has conditions in his favour as he faces just four opponents in the Boodles Diamond Handicap and the step up to the best part of a mile and a half is another big positive for a horse who has looked at his best in the closing stages of his previous starts.
Odds-on backers had their fingers burnt when Kent Ragstone was narrowly denied at Lingfield on his latest start, but he can reward those who keep the faith in the Nicholsons of Stalham JCB Dealers Handicap.
The William Haggas-trained four-year-old looked really smart when making a winning debut on the Lingfield all-weather in February, so it was no surprise to see him sent off a warm order for his handicap debut over the same course and distance little over a month later.
Despite travelling like the best horse in the race, Kent Ragstone was eventually run out of it by a head from the far more experienced Thecornishcowboy.
The form is nothing to write home about, but it was Kent Ragstone's inexperience, rather than lack of talent, which saw him defeated, and he would certainly be fancied to turn the form around if the pair were to cross paths again.
The Haggas runner has missed the summer, comes into this fresh and there is surely mileage in his current rating of just 73.
Peak Storm can secure a fourth win at Chepstow as he returns to Monmouthshire for the £32 Free At 32Red.com Claiming Stakes.
The four-year-old may be competing at a fairly lowly level, but he has been an excellent servant to trainer John O'Shea this year, with his three wins at this track supplemented by a few placed efforts.
His latest assignment is a tough one on ratings, but his course form is not be sniffed at and the booking of leading apprentice Oisin Murphy also does his chances no harm.
David Simcock has saddled three winners from five runners at Thirsk in the last five seasons, meaning both Aquilla and White Nile are afforded huge respect as they make the journey north.
White Nile is of particular interest following a good run in defeat at York and he must be backed in the concluding Thirsk Racecourse Wedding Fayre 13th October Handicap.
The National Hunt fare comes from Stratford, where Killyglass is an interesting contender in the At The Races Virgin 534 Novices' Hurdle.