Our star daily tipping duo of David Massey and Rory Delargy look to get back among the winners with selections running at Catterick and Nottingham today.
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1pt e.w. Cherry Cola in 3.55 Nottingham at SP (Sky Bet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6)
1pt win Flylikeaneagle in 4.30 Nottingham at 9/2 (General) - minimum 4/1
1pt e.w. Eruption in 4.39 Catterick at 15/2 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4) - minimum 7/1
Some ultra-competitive racing at Nottingham as the “Grassroots” series reaches its climax. Most of the races look a bit too competitive for our tastes, but the stayers final has a nice shape to it, and we can row in again with CHERRY COLA, who almost landed us a good-priced winner over hurdles when she ran at Plumpton a couple of weeks ago.
We pointed out on that occasion that she seems to have improved for a step up in trip on the Flat, and to that end, her form at Nottingham over 14f reads 152, all of it on ground good or better, which is what she will encounter today.
When she was second to Alpine Stroll here earlier in the year, beaten two lengths, she was giving that one a pound, yet finds herself in receipt of 15lb today, which ought to be more than enough to turn the tables.
Expect a patient ride from Rose Dawes, creeping into this from the home turn, and she ought to be in the frame at worst again.
The Fairfax Saddles Grassroots Mile Series Final Handicap sees Sheena West with another contender in the shape of Sly Madam, on the lookout for her sixth win since the middle of May.
I’d certainly not rule that out, but marginal preference is for the gradually progressive FLYLIKEANEAGLE who boasts turf for figures of 121131 since joining Lucinda Russell.
Flylikeaneagle has gone up again in the weights for winning a competitive handicap on the Ayr Gold Cup card last time, but the Free Eagle gelding won on both his starts on a sound surface when trained by Mark Johnston, earning an initial mark of 85.
He’s still a stone lower than that now having lost his way racing on testing ground on the Flat and over hurdles for Eamonn O’Connell.
He’s immediately re-found form since racing on top of the ground for his new yard, and can defy the handicapper again with conditions very much in his favour.
Amateurs again, just to wind Rory up a bit more. “You can’t have any of these, unless it’s the one Brodie Hampson rides.” Luckily for him it was, because catching Monsieur Fantasie on his debut for Archie Watson might be the key here.
To say he’s been expensive to follow for John O’Shea is something of an understatement, favourite on his last six runs and beaten in all of them.
It was a poor effort for his former yard on his final start at Chepstow but that aside, he’s generally consistent, has his conditions again, and with Archie 4-18 over the past two years first time up, there’s enough to make me think he can make all the running here.
At Catterick, the best bet on a tricky card looks to be Tim Easterby’s ERUPTION who has been running with credit in better races than this, and has slipped below the mark off which she won at Musselburgh.
She is one of only two pace angles in a race chock-full of hold-up sprinters, and a draw in 11 is a positive given the idiosyncrasies of the track.
The pair immediately on her inside, Reigning Profit and Jackmeister Rudi can give her most to do, and if their jockeys don’t overdo things in front, they could provide a bonus to exotics bettors.
Published at 0930 BST on 28/09/22
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