The semi-finals of the East Anglian Derby take place at Yarmouth on Wednesday and Timeform’s Joe Nordoff highlights his best bets.
Yarmouth can often be a difficult circuit to navigate and Newcastle raider DROOPYS DAZZLER (Trap 3, 8.06) highlighted that point despite the benefit of two previous C&D trials, breaking well but moving markedly wide off the second bend before straightening up.
A low-mileage April 2018 whelp he left plenty of time on the track in his opening heat 7 days ago yet still managed to dip under the 28-second barrier. On balance given how he shaped, the move off the fence to the white jacket is a good move for Angela Harrison’s charge, particularly outside two inconsistent trappers.
The son of Droopys Jet tops our figures with a master rating of 127 but there is a strong possibility he can improve on that as he gains more experience over 4-bend trips and he can justify the long trip down from the North East and book his place in next week’s final.
Troy Firebird (Trap 6, TF126) shaped well himself when a strong-finishing second 7 days ago but he may have a job on clearing the trail-blazing Vics Charm (Trap 5, TF 115) around the opening couple of bends, the latter named another to have moved wide off the second on each start here.
With that in mind, it may well be Gold Cup semi-finalist Lenson Whelan (Trap 2, TF125) who emerges as the lead threat and forecast play, Pat Janssens’ charge another to have caught the eye from an unpromising position in his respective opening heat.
It's probably fair to say those lining up in semi-final two at 8.21 will be pleased to have escaped several topping the ante post betting and it may pay to take a chance on one who was unfancied last week DETROIT (TF 123) operating from Trap 1. Having his first competitive start since early June, John Mullins’ charge was held up by early crowding initially but was noted making good late inroads behind a pair that had stolen first march.
An upwardly mobile sort in graded company earlier in the year, he’s expected to strip fitter for that run and is expected to surprise a few in a tricky affair, whilst odds as big as 40/1 for outright glory also makes some appeal.
Lastfortheroad (Trap 3, TF129) is a reliable A1 operator at Yarmouth and whilst beaten 5 lengths in to third last time, he did shape up well behind an easy winner, so is expected to feature, whilst Droopys Carat (Trap 5, TF 122) was some way below his trial effort when third behind his kennel-mate Levante Beach 7 days ago but he’s better than that and granted a clearer shot at things early, can also hit the frame.
The final semi-final takes centre stage at 8.36 and possibly another victory for John Mullins in the shape of SWIFT LETTUCE (Trap 2). A tremendously consistent performer, he displayed excellent opening acceleration from the red jacket when winning his heat in a recorded time of 27.73 posting a very smart Timeform figure of 147.
The move to blue is expected to hold no fears and it is hoped he will have the early gears to hold fellow semi-final winner Kilara Lion (Trap 1, TF130) on the approach to the opening corner.
It’s distinctly possible the selection will have to play second fiddle initially to the explosive early-paced Levante Beach (Trap 4, TF 123) but Swift Lettuce has already proven he’s not reliant making all the running and Levante Beach was more workmanlike rather than spectacular in landing his respective heat last week.
Bockos Boss (Trap 3, TF 128) runner-up in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup remarkably remains a maiden, but he shouldn’t be long in getting his head in front, having again shaped well behind the selection last time.
Preview posted at 2110 BST on 08/09/2020
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