Our Punting Pointers duo of Rory Delargy and David Massey recorded yet more profits on Saturday and Sunday - don't miss today's recommendations.
1pt e.w Bluebell Time in the 2.20 Bath at 10/1 (Bet365 & Hill 1/5 1,2,3,4)
1pt win Overtoyougeorge in the 3.02 Southwell at 17/2 (BetVictor)
Bath is the venue of choice on an unusually packed Tuesday, and while the Somerset track is not everyone’s cup of tea (Rory loves, it, me, I can take it or leave it, usually the latter) it’s a track where jockeyship always comes to the fore.
The Casumo Bet 10 Get 10 Handicap is a big-field event over 5f, and despite the dog-leg nature of the sprint track at Bath, stall one has produced just a single place in fields of 11 or more since 2013. It’s possible to win from a low draw, but the runners tend to drift to the rail, causing a fair degree of trouble, and suiting those either able to dominate and clear away from the front, or those who can keep going from off the pace, with those coming wide in the latter stages able to avoid scrimmaging, and winning more often than they would at ‘normal’ tracks.
Symbol of Hope was the pre-rain pick, as he had plenty going for him. Drawn wide enough in stall 10 to avoid any scrimmaging on the inner, Grace Harris’s four-year-old has much more going for him that just a good draw, and is an improved performer since fitted with cheekpieces this term. He’s already won twice at the track this season, and has run creditably despite being unsuited by smaller field races on two other starts of late, most recently getting outpaced before staying on for a 1½-length third of 6 to Colombe on Friday. We'll be following him closely in the near future, but the rain may have scuppered his chance today.
With that, we will switch allegiances to Bluebell Time, who would have appreciated yesterday's rain, acts on the track (a win and three places from ten starts), has won after an absence and is well drawn out in stall 12. She's got plenty going for her at a double-figure price.
One Last Dance shaped as if needing the run on her return at Lingfield last month, and while her turf form is not as good as the pick of her all-weather efforts, she did shape well under a considerate ride on her racecourse debut.
Richard Hughes has found some form of late, and it’s significant that the daughter of Camelot has won on her only previous tray in Class 6 company. This looks a weak race, with questions over all of the runners at the head of the market, and One Last Dance looks capable of making the most of a drop in class having faced much stiffer company on recent starts.
Red Maple was a ready winner at Worcester three weeks ago, the drop in trip seemingly the catalyst for the better effort, but given the 11-1 price he went off, it did look like it came as something of a surprise to connections. He’d shown little previously, and whilst it might be that Jonjo has found the key to him now, I’d not be prepared to take 11-8 to find out.
With the Pogsons in good form (last five, 12521) now might be the time to chance Overtoyougeorge, who seemed to excel himself when finishing second in a seller at Stratford last week, recording a good speed figure in the process. Returning to hurdles, he was ridden a bit more prominently there than has been the case, and in this small field, he has a chance to dominate, should connections want to do so. This looks like a more realistic task than a few he’s been handed too (usually goes off three figures) and it wouldn’t be a surprise if, even from out of the handicap, he proved good enough.
Published at 0925 BST on 24/05/22
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