Bop It won well in the first time blinkers last time out and has a good chance of following up off a 5lb higher mark. He won with some authority at Haydock and the new headgear could well have unlocked some extra improvement.
Geoffrey Oldroyd’s 6 year old gelding’s win last time out was far from unexpected. On penultimate start he finished 3rd of 14 at York in Class 4 company, after being in the van for most of the race. Next time out in a smaller field he made all and bossed his rivals. Five of his six career wins have come over 6 furlongs and the straight, galloping courses tend to suit very well. Was rated 10lbs higher last year and now he has found his form again, could be very well handicapped.
Edgar Balthazar is the market leader, but he shouldn’t be half the odds of the selection based on their respective form. Admittedly did win well at Newcastle after being held up off the pace, but that course is stiffer and Redcar is less conducive to horses coming off the pace. Keith Dalgleish doesn’t have a fantastic record with his horses under a 6lb penalty and although he is respected, at the odds he does not represent value.
5.50 Redcar – Ski Blast
Ski Blast was allotted an official mark of 75 before his fourth start, but trainer Ivan Furtado decided to keep his 4 year old gelding in maiden company, and his decision was vindicated. A strongly fancied market leader, he won a five runner race well, getting on top late in the day and winning with a little bit more in hand than the winning margin suggests.
After making his debut over 5 furlongs, Ski Blast stepped up in trip for his second start at Doncaster. He finished second and showed improved form, but was then dropped back to the minimum trip for third start. Didn’t cut that much ice and looked to be screaming out for a step back up in trip. Was allowed to run over 7 furlongs at Newcastle and thrived with the extra yardage. His official rating has not changed, and competes in this apprentice handicap with the benefit of having one of the best jockeys in the race.
Should be more improvement to come from Ski Blast and he has a very solid chance of following up.
Tips Summary (8th September)
3.20 Redcar – Bop It – 6/17.00+6006.006.00-0.17Bet365
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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