A couple of races on the All-Weather are of interest today and Towerlands Park will be the first play. Michael Bell's 4-year-old impressed last winter in winning his only two runs on the artificial surfaces, particularly when defying an opening handicap mark of 83 over 1m 3f at Kempton. The way he travelled throughout was most eye-catching and it'll take a good one to beat him if he can get back to the same level of form today. Since then, he has lined up twice, performing every bit as well when third behind Century Dream at Newbury in October before flopping in the November handicap (may have bounced). This is a drop in grade and with first-time cheekpieces on to hopefully help his case, I'm expecting a bold show off a mark of 91.
Dolphin Village could be worth chancing in the following race - and was actually third to Towerlands Park when he won that handicap at Kempton! He's a 7-year-old who went from being consistent to regressive and has only shown glimmers of his old form since joining up with Shaun Harris early this year, but gave some positive hints when eight at Yarmouth on his penultimate start - not getting the clearest of runs when trying to build up a head of steam before keeping on reasonably well along the rail. Soft ground in Class 4 company was against him at Catterick on his only start since and getting back onto the All-Weather might liven him up. One of his two runs at this track was encouraging as well, especially as it came over a trip that's too short, and with the hope of a revival coming along sometime soon 10/1+ is generous enough in my book.
7:45 - Towerlands Park - 1.50pts @ 7/2 (General)
8:15 - Dolphin Village - 1pt @ 11/1 (General)
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