Matt Brocklebank is in the Sporting Life Daily Nap hotseat on Wednesday and he reckons Warren Greatrex's Top Rock Talula can justify support at Lingfield.
Sporting Life Daily Nap, January 23
Last year Bailarico made staggering progress on the Flat from a mark of 48 to 73 under the guidance of Warren Greatrex and the same owners, Fitorfat Racing, look to have a similar type on their hands in TOP ROCK TALULA.
The filly, picked up for £10,000 from Kenny Johnson’s yard in the autumn, didn’t really take to hurdles on her first three runs for Greatrex, but the switch to all-weather Flat racing looks to have really perked her up of late.
She hinted at what was to come when fourth from the front at Kempton on January 4 then duly built on that effort to score from the same mark (46) over a mile and a half there last week.
Hit with an 8lb hike in the weights for that improved performance, she’s officially 2lb well-in here under a 6lb penalty and it looks a shrewd piece of placement to turn her out again swiftly.
The wide draw – 14 of 14 in Lingfield’s Betway Casino Handicap – is a potential stumbling block on this occasion, but slightly more patient tactics appeared to really benefit the four-year-old when successful last time and Edward Greatrex having to bide his time might not be a bad thing as his mount moves back up in distance to the best part of two miles.
She’s clearly well handicapped and it’s hard to know exactly where the recent improvement may end.
Running total: +17.71pts | Click here for full naps table