Timeform Radio Tips: Tuesday February 17
Matt Gardner is your radio pundit on Tuesday and he has one bet from Wolverhampton and one bet from Wetherby this afternoon...
The six-year-old has shown clear signs of promise in four starts over fences thus far, none more so than when finishing with running left at Catterick last month, not given at all a hard time in the closing stages.
Sensor, a winner at Gulfstream Park in 2012 for US handler Thomas Albertrani, has been all the rage in the betting in Wolverhampton's 14:30, currently trading at 3.6. The six-year-old missed both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns and, for all that the market support shouldn't be overlooked, it is complete guesswork as to how he will fare and he is worth taking on, particularly as there are several likely candidates in opposition. Disclosure shaped well at this venue last month and has a good chance judged on the pick of his form, but he boasts a patchy profile, and is far from certain to build on that, whilst Illustrious Prince is potentially well treated given that he's lower in the weights on the all-weather but isn't as consistent on synthetics as he is on turf, so a better option looks to be Lean On Pete. The Ollie Pears-trained six-year-old ran well when second to an unexposed one here in December and has been bubbling under since, possible to find excuses for all three of his defeats, and he's well handicapped having dropped to a mark some 5 lb below his last winning one. He'll need the emphasis to be on stamina at this trip but should be finishing off the race strongly, and makes plenty of appeal at the current 9.6.
Wetherby's 15:25 features just a small field but it is a competitive affair with both Blackwater King and Aye Well arriving on the back of last-time-out wins and Trust Thomas on a succession of runners-up efforts, whilst Grey Life ought not be discounted either given that the drop back in trip will suit, but it is the Jedd O'Keefe-trained Vasco d'Ycy that makes most appeal. The six-year-old has shown clear signs of promise in four starts over fences thus far, none more so than when finishing with running left at Catterick last month, not given at all a hard time in the closing stages. Admittedly his jumping hasn't been totally convincing but he's undoubtedly capable off his mark and is fancied to go close.
Back Lean on Pete @ [9.6] in the 14:30 at Wolverhampton
Back Vasco d'Ycy @ [4.8] in the 15:25 at Wetherby