KING OSWALD likes it around here with three of his five career wins coming at the track and with a bit of luck in the run, plus a solid pace to sit off, he could pop up again. The now 6-year-old is still above his last two winning marks so he’s not fantastically treated but shaped reasonably well after a nine week break last time when the race didn’t pan out to suit. David Probert is a positive booking for the yard and this is a hidden class drop too. Against this lot, it won’t take major improvement for him to win.
There’s no question that BOBBY JOE LEG has regressed after a fairly consistent spell last winter that continued into April but he’s now rated a lowly 55 and eligible to run in this classified stakes, which is beneath his true ability if he can find it again. Ruth Carr’s charge is partly priced due to a bad run back here last month but that was over a mile without any headgear on. Now well drawn over 7f with a first-time visor enlisted, a revival could happen and he looks quite overpriced at 12/1.
LAUBALI rates a cracking bet now returned to 6f. David O’Meara’s charge shaped well over the minimum trip last time considering he doesn’t really have the pace to be fully effective at that trip and the performance is all the more notable when you take into account that it was in a Class 4. Being dropped in grade will obviously help and the handicapper has him rated the same as when he won here last December, so no excuses on that front. I think he’ll go close if granted a bit of luck in-running.
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