SPARKALOT doesn’t take an excessive amount of finding given that he’s already towards the front of the market but whatever way I look at this race, I keep coming back to him. All four of his wins have come over C&D, which is the first obvious plus-point, and he’s 3lbs lower in the weights than the most recent of those. He shaped all right back here five weeks ago as well, racing keenly before making headway to briefly look a threat. Improvement will be needed but Simon Dow’s yard seem to be threatening to hit winning form of late and from a perfect draw in stall two, statistically the best over this C&D, better is expected.
A number of big-priced runners can have claims made for them in this 7f handicap but SWISSAL makes some appeal despite returning from a 106-day break. The 4-year-old was in reasonable form when last seen, finishing fourth at Lingfield whilst having a couple of excuses, and if he appears in similar form today then he’s capable of getting involved now dropped to his last winning mark. Ben Curtis being booked to ride is an encouraging sign and with the draw also proving kind, he could do better than the odds suggest.
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