Rory Delargy is back with his Sunday take on the day's racing and he's focusing on some of the action from Ffos Las.
1pt win Haunted Dream in 2.10 Ffos Las at 12/1 (General)
1pt e.w. Red Derek in 4.50 Ffos Las at 14/1 (Sky Bet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt win The Daley Express in 5.20 Ffos Las at 11/2 (bet365)
It’s not been a great year for Ed Dunlop, especially in light of the high hopes held for John Leeper, the horse named after his late father, and by association, it’s not been a great year for one of his biggest owners, Paul Turner. Until last weekend, Turner, who has had 20 different horses running in his colours from the Dunlop yard, had amassed just one winner from 91 runs this year.
What a difference a week makes, though, and Turner’s tally has trebled in that time with a couple of big-priced handicap winners, and he may see his silks in front again today with HAUNTED DREAM in the mile nursery at Ffos Las.
Haunted Dream has shown plenty of ability over seven furlongs in qualifying, keeping on again late when third at Newcastle in July, and the Newmarket race in which he finished midfield on his final qualifying run looks stronger in retrospect than it did at the time. He again shaped as if in need of a mile there, and with the Dunlop horses finally showing some form, he’s expected to go well on his first try at the trip.
Favourite Aldbourne was unlucky not to finish closer at Goodwood on his nursery bow, and will find the company more to his liking here, so appeals as the main threat, although I’d not be at all surprised to see a big run from rank outsider Reelemin, who wasn’t at all knocked about on his latest start, and is another who will improve for a test of stamina.
RED DEREK is an old favourite in these parts, and he looks overpriced in the Country Living Group Handicap.
Lisa Williamson’s charge has been highly tried on a number of occasions since winning at Haydock in May. As a result, he finds himself back on his winning mark, and in a lower class race than he’s contested on turf for well over a year.
That makes him look a fair bet, and the booking of Hollie Doyle is a bonus.
I’d prefer to back him at bet365’s standout price, but extra places with Hills and Sky Bet are also appealing.
The Cazoo Search Drive Smile Handicap looks competitive, but my eye is immediately drawn to THE DALEY EXPRESS, who has been knocking on the door of late, and who has been given a big chance by the handicapper having dropped to a mark of 69.
On his most recent start at Sandown, he was running on late when caught behind a wall of horses (good work in a five-runner race), and will be better suited by the open spaces of the West Wales track given his come-from-behind style.
Much of his racing in recent times has come in better class than this, and The Daley Express has shown on recent outings that he’s capable of ending a losing run which sees him 17lb below his highest winning mark, and lower than for all of his previous seven wins.
Published at 0940 BST in 26/09/21
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