Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair today and has two runners from Leicester and Southwell...
"Stepping up to a mile and a half today should hold no fears for the progressive unexposed three-year-old"
Richard Hughes filly travels like a dream
Richard Hughes' chestnut filly Punting had plenty in hand when making it three wins from six career starts at Sandown last month. She traveled sweetly throughout that mile and a quarter contest and had plenty in reserve to see off her rivals in the closing stages. Stepping up to a mile and a half today, Hughes should hold no fears for the progressive unexposed three-year-old. She got a 5lb hike in the weights for that Sandown win, but I think she can carry that to victory today off her mark of 80 with Shane Kelly in the plate.
She faces five other rivals today and the one she will have to get the better of is Sorrel, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore, she is bound to be popular in the market.
She is another three-year-old filly who was only narrowly denied at Newbury last time and she's a big player again upped in trip. If she is a typical progressive Stoute runner then she could be way too good for these, but at the odds I fancy taking her on with Punting.
Azzuri enjoys his days out at Southwell
Azzuri landed a proper gamble in April 2019 in a listed race at Ayr and was backed heavily again here six weeks ago over today's course and distance. He didn't quite land last time though finishing second, going down by less than a length.
The Skelton team certainly seem to get the best out of their eight-year-old round here as his record at the track reads 112. He's up 5lbs for that last defeat, but he remains on what looks a winnable mark I think he will reverse terms with Issac Wonder.
At the age of 13, Croco Bay is firmly in the veteran category but showed he could still compete when second here last time. However, his mark of 142 is asking a bit to much of the teenager these days. The one I think will chase home Azzuri is Jonjo O'Neill's charge Tidal Watch, he kept on well to finish third at Newton Abbot last month after making a mistake at the third last. He was held up that day and I expect similar tactics today but he should get a stronger pace to aim at this time and that will suit him.
2020 (prior to this week) : +0.69pts
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