Jim Goldie's All-Weather horses have been motoring along nicely in the past month, 4 winners and a further 8 places from just 14 runners, and I'm expecting another to go very close in the shape of Thello. The 5-year-old son of Arcano was a massive eye-catcher over C&D on his penultimate start when runner-up to Newmarket Warrior, repeatedly failing to get a clear run through the pack when travelling on the bridle before passing a number of rivals in the closing stages. If he was coming directly into this race on the back of that, he'd be the favourite but a disappointing performance was on show last time out when sixth behind subsequent winner Malaspina, again over C&D. However, that was a joke race in which they crawled along throughout and jockey Phil Dennis tried to make his move a hell of a lot earlier, which may have backfired and caused the horse to blow up somewhat (he was also boiling over pre-race). My only concern today is another mediocre pace scenario ensuing as there seems to be a lot of runners in this who are content taking a lead, but the selection will be winning again soon and I'd have him in at shorter than 6/1.
5:30 - Thello - 1.50pts @ 6/1 (General)
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