Alan Thompson is going to Chelmsford and Stratford for today's bets...
"This son of Yeats has won two of his last three starts, both wins coming over three miles and his latest win, with the first-time tongue tie fitted, was his most impressive run yet. The form of that race was franked the other day when the horse he beat (Beautiful People) that day has since come out and won by 11 lengths."
Prince to be crowned a winner
In the opener at Chelmsford I quite like the look of Richard Hughes's charge Prince of Rome who is making his handicap debut on the back of three very good novice runs. The Hughes team are in good form, with a couple of winners last week and a string of placed horses and I think Prince of Rome may take some catching today. The stunning grey colt finished a respectable third behind a horse called Quiet Waters last time out, that horse is now running off a mark of 82 which makes Prince of Rome's opening mark of 72 very interesting. He had the ever popular wind surgery operation back in June and has ran second and third since, but this looks a weak handicap and an ideal opportunity for him to get rid of his maiden tag.
The horse he has to beat according to the market looks like being On Route from the Sir Mark Prescott yard, this Pivotal filly has just had her wind operation and has been off the course for 73 days and while she has shown some ability in her three starts to date, she doesn't look as progressive. She certainly lacked a bit of something when looking laboured in a five length defeat at Bath last time and I'd rather be with the Hughes colt today.
Franked form suggests Flying Verse can win today
This isn't the best Class 4 Hanicap Hurdle you will ever see but it looks like another good opportunity for Flying Verse from the David Dennis yard to get another win under his belt. This son of Yeats has won two of his last three starts, both wins coming over three miles and his latest win, with the first-time tongue tie fitted, was his most impressive run yet. The form of that race was franked the other day when the horse he beat (Beautiful People) that day has since come out and won by 11 lengths. He gets in here just 4lbs higher than that run and a reproduction of that run would see him make it three wins out of his last four.
The current favourite is Guerrilla Tactics who has been running well of late, beaten under a length over fences at Newton Abbott last time out and has the first-time cheekpieces on today which may well bring out some more improvement but he is without a win since last October and I would prefer to be with the in form Flying Verse.