Tindrum was always going to be a hit-or-miss dart given his recent performances but unfortunately I don't think we ever had the chance to see his true worth as he missed the break and raced keenly, and that wasn't going to help! He's a prominent racer in an ideal world and annoyingly, his winning C&D form from last year came to the fore with the runner-up that day winning this time around. Sadly the pair of them are in contrasting form and Heather Main's charge needs to kick back into gear sometime soon.
-1.00pts on the day.
Three bets for now - another bet or two possible between 12-1pm. Will tweet.
*** - Selection added during second update at 11.35am.
I don't think we've seen the best of Labeebb as of yet and hopefully this will be the day he steps forward again. The 4-year-old ran a race of promise at York last time, not best suited to the test on offer but still finished off with encouragement. His run behind Laafy in September stands out and if he can get back to that sort of level, he must be in with a huge chance of landing this race. 4/1 about him posting a similar effort is fair enough and I feel he's the best horse lining up here. Hopefully he'll show why!
Bielsa was my original fancy but I wanted 6/1-ish so Musicality will get the nod instead. He seemed to be too readily ignored after what was a solid return to action at Ascot, a race in which he was still in there pitching before tiring late on. The impression I got was that he ended up being handier than ideal and if getting some cover here, we could see a better performance. His last win received form boosts, Andrea Atzeni is in the saddle for the first time since and any ease in the ground is a positive. Any double-figured price is fair.
Tipperary Tiger never got involved at Chester last time but when you're drawn wide in a sprint around there, 99% of the time the game is up before it even starts. He was found to have lost a shoe afterwards as well and overall, it's a spin to strike off. His previous two runs on the All-Weather were better than they look on the book as well and it's hard not to remember the impression he made when bolting up at Doncaster on debut last November. He'll get back on track soon and I think it could be today at an overly generous price.
It could be worth taking a punt on Toronto bouncing back to form. He flopped in fine style at Doncaster last time but that was a significantly better race than this and wearing blinkers for the first time didn't suit. The headgear is unsurprisingly abandoned and going up in trip on top of ground with a bit of cut in it could prove to be a major positive. He wasn't disgraced at Wolverhampton two outings ago either and that came from a 6lb higher mark. Down in grade and hopefully freshened up after two months off, he's interesting.
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