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3.50 Brighton – Birdie Queen
Gary Moore’s Birdie Queen won at Lingfield last time out under today’s jockey Hector Crouch, and the Pastoral Pursuits mare stamped her authority on that race, suggesting she could go in again.
A course and distance winner, she is a versatile horse, but perhaps goes best when ridden prominently. Sat handy at Lingfield last time out in a race which was run at a hot pace, and as the other contestants for the early lead backed out, she stayed on in determined fashion.
Gary Moore does very well his 4 year old+ runners who scored last time out, are running in a handicap and have been off for 15-21 days; 35/122 (28.69%) for £68.05 LSP, A/E 1.77. After a slow start to his career, Hector Crouch has really come into his own and is good value for his 7lb claim.
Should be able to sit handy again and is a rightful favourite. Looks like more of a 2/1 3.00 +200 2.00 2.00 -0.50 shot to us and represents value.
6.55 Haydock – Cool Silk Boy
Cool Silk Boy showed his true colours last time out when gagging up at Haydock, and he has sound claims under a penalty in the 5 furlong nursery at Haydock. He showed promise in penultimate run at Chester, so the victory cannot be considered too much of a shock.
The field size is small (just the 5 runners) and the son of Big Bad Bob is likely to be able to dominate. There are few interesting rivals, not least the unexposed handicap debutant Top Of The Bank from the Richard Fahey stable, but, Cool Silk Boy gets 8 pounds from that rival and has proven it on the track recently.
James Given’s does very well with his unexposed horses who were victorious last time out – his runners who have had less than 5 starts and scored on their last start are 22/82 (26.83%) for £26.31 LSP, giving an A/E of 1.64. The way Cool Silk Boy won at Southwell suggests that he has plenty left in the locker, and should be hard to beat.
Tips Summary (7th August)