Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out two selections from Wednesday’s cards.
No joy yesterday with both selections finishing fifth under contrasting rides. Fronsac hit the front early but just couldn’t get away from them, although it was still a more promising performance and a step in the right direction. Crimewave never got near hitting the front, staying on strongly late in the day. The fact that he was punted from 14/1 into 13/2 shows better was expected and I wouldn’t give up on him.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be attracted to a class dropper but you don’t often see the fall in grade that GLASSES UP is facing today, with the 4-year-old having contested a Class 2, 0-105 at York eleven days ago; now he’s in a Class 5, 0-75 at Hamilton against much weaker opposition!
At the Ebor festival, connections reached for a first-time visor in a bid to eke out some improvement but it didn’t work, as he over-raced before weakening away inside the final few furlongs. Still, you can’t take too much from that and the handicapper has dropped him 2lbs, which is generous.
In some of his runs previous he was shaping with definite promise and with the on-fire Danny Tudhope taking over from regular rider Paddy Mathers (who is booked for two rides at this meeting), he will have a top pilot in the saddle. If the heavy ground is no barrier, I think he’ll win this.
BLAME CULTURE would be a huge player in this race were it at Wolverhampton, as he seems to go best there with two course wins and a somewhat unlucky nose-second from three runs at the track, but he appears to act here too based on April’s outing when little more than a length behind Harbour Vision.
He didn’t fire here a few weeks back but that did come in a hotter grade in which he got stuck on the outside minus any form of cover and proceeded to pull his head off, which left him with no chance of coming home in a reasonable time. As such, I’d be inclined to overlook that altogether.
The form of his previous spin has a solid look and it’s worth noting that the George Margarson yard were having a tough time in 2019 before a couple of recent winners. They could be set for an upturn in their fortunes and this 4-year-old appeals as the type who should have more to give at a mile.
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