Be happy that the selections are running well or rage that potentially lucrative winners are slipping through the net? I'm edging towards the rage side of things to be honest! Dulas, who was backed at 22/1, ran a cracker on his return and finally put in the performance I always had a feeling he was capable of. Sadly it yielded a second placed finish behind his stablemate and whilst beaten on merit, it's still annoying!
Soul Seeker was smashed in the betting from 7/1 best price at the time I struck my bet and at the off, he was a 3's poke. He moved along quite nicely under a more patient ride than was the case at Redcar and it suited, as he finished his race this time. Unfortunately, he couldn't get rolling as quickly as he needed to in order to win and also finished runner-up! Pity, as they clearly had him lined up to peak for this race.
-2.00pts on the day.
Harbour Vision needs a career best to land a race like this but he improved a fair amount after transferring to David Brown's yard early in 2020 and I wouldn't be surprised to see him get involved here. He ran a mediocre race on this season's return but, interestingly, was punted late on from 22/1 into 11/1 and is presumably showing positive signs at home (yard prone to plenty of market movements!). With his fitness likely to improve and this track promising to suit, I think he's an interesting price play at 20/1+.
Abate was one of my bets when he ran at Ripon ten days ago and it was a solid return to action as he finished second to a horse who had the run of the race (and was fit) on a track that suits a more aggressive running style. Abate got chopped up inside the last couple of furlongs also, which stopped him from finishing closer, and the chances are that he'll strip fitter. I think this C&D won't be a problem if he gets a nice position in behind the speed and hopefully, should all go to plan, he'll hit the line strong.
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