Yarmouth plays host to the RPGTV 74th East Anglian Derby Final on Wednesday evening and Joe Nordoff gives us his best bets from a Timeform ratings perspective.
BUDDHA SAM (Trap 6) needs forgiving a lesser effort on his latest outing in A1 class, though he can be afforded some mitigation on account of first bend crowding/running wide off the second. However, from a ratings perspective his form stands up to close scrutiny in this field and he looks well drawn in the striped jacket this evening. His present Timeform master rating stands at 129, comfortably above next best in the line-up and kennel-mate Miss Latitude (Trap 5, TF117). In truth, the son of Superior Product has met with much sterner assignments than the one he faces this evening and a good break out wide can see him stamp his authority at 7.16.
It’s probably not unfair to say the Open Sprint contest at 7.34 is a rather weak affair, featuring a host who usually ply their trade at graded level, yet as we know that doesn’t detract from the opportunity for a bet and it may be a local with the bit firmly between her teeth in the shape of IM HUNKY DORY (Trap 4, TF110) who emerges victorious. Her make-up in the black jacket looks a good one in our book and Erica Samuel’s bitch could hardly be in better form at present, highlighting her versatility in rattling off a hat-trick in a trio of disciplines in recent weeks. A litter sister of East Anglian Derby finalist Lastfortheroad, she can clear those to her inside on the run to the bend and it may be Crayford raider Deanridge Blue (Trap 6, TF109) who acquitted himself well on home soil last time, who emerges as the chief threat in stripes.
DROOPYS DAZZLER (Trap 4, TF134), despite posting some cracking efforts on the clock, confirmed previous impressions that he finds Yarmouth’s 462 metre trip at the limit of his stamina, at least when operating in top-class company. However, his sights are set much lower lining up in the Derby Standard event on the undercard, a race featuring a host of A1 locals. On balance, the move off the rails doesn’t look all that bad, particularly given he has had a habit of going wide off the second bend and we’re hopeful he can get away swiftly from the boxes and soon have matters in hand. It would be unfair to crab his rivals though, the main danger possibly coming in the shape of Swift Cope (Trap 5, TF 127) who was an impressive A1 scorer seven days ago.
Despite posting some slick efforts in C&D trials prior to the competition, Levante Beach (Trap 5, TF 124) was more workmanlike than spectacular when landing his respective first-round heat. However, to his credit there was a lot more to like about his semi-final success, knocking five lengths off his final time from the week previous. The switch to the orange jacket will hold no fears for Angela Harrison’s charge and it’s no surprise to see him at the head of the market given obvious lead ability claims.
However, arguably even more impressive seven days ago was local hope LASTFORTHEROAD (Trap 3, TF136) who cleared away from the first-name’s kennel mate Droopys Carat (Trap 4, TF124) by close to six lengths. Judged on the make-up of the final, the son of Ballymac Vic can be expected to lead those on his inside, his latest effort on the clock a career-best display. Largely reliable at the boxes of late, he’s expected to be front rank with Levante Beach at the opening corner and if able to hold the inside line should be up to playing a lead role.
Lenson Whelan (Trap 2, TF131) ran a fine race to reach the final last week, coming fast and late to reel in Troy Firebird (Trap 6, TF130) and with a run around the opening bends is fancied to hit the frame, for all it may be nip and tuck with Kilara Lion (Trap 1) on the opening run to the corner.
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