ABOVE THE REST would have been a two point bet if the earlier, and overly generous, 8/1 quotes had stuck around but sadly they haven’t! Despite that, he still rates a solid bet and should do better back on tapeta. His form on it includes a Listed win at Wolverhampton and a Group 3 win here, and he shaped really well in both of his October outings before finding 6f at Lingfield too demanding. In handicap company and over 7f again, he’s of major interest and must have a seriously good chance to enhance his record on this surface.
Keith Dalgleish’s horses are in good order and HOWZER BLACK looks a big price to be another winner for the yard. He didn’t pull up many trees last week but that was in a higher grade over 6f and as things panned out, he probably wasn’t drawn great. I thought that he still shaped as if he was in form and down at this level at his ideal trip, he can be much more competitive. Indeed, he caught the eye over C&D on his 2019 return and coming back here could do the trick. Luck will be needed from stall one but 14/1+ is a price I’ll gladly play.
TIME TO REASON is the final selection of the day and whilst he’s hard to win with, he did at least show more on his second run after a break when fifth at Chelmsford. I got the impression that he did too much running too early but it should have brought him on another notch and now he heads up to 6f again whilst also taking a hidden class drop. He has form here too, including an encouraging effort over C&D when ridden by Richard Kingscote and it’s a plus to see him booked again. They’re well-drawn and should have a good spin around.
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