Once a very, very high class operator, Hoof It has bounced back to form in recent starts, and he could be overpriced at odds of 16/117.00+160016.0016.00-0.06 for the Class 2, 0-105 6 furlong handicap at Doncaster.
After winning The Stewards Cup at Goodwood in 2011, Hoof It achieved a lofty official rating of 119. A very high class sprinter, he continued to perform well in Group company until 2014, where his form tailed off. Had he fallen out of love with the game? Were the 8 year old’s joints giving in? Whatever the issue, the old maestro Mick Easterby figured it out, and brought his son of Monsieur Bond back in September of this year to win a 6.5 furlong handicap at Doncaster. Followed that run up with a solid 8th place finish in the Ayr Gold Cup (beaten just 3 lengths) and has been dropped back to a mark of 96, which looks more than workable.
The race is open, but there is life in the old dog yet, and Hoof It looks a good each-way bet at odds of 16/117.00+160016.0016.00-0.06
8.50 Wolverhampton – The Way You Dance
Class 6, 0-60 contests on the all-weather are typically not the most competitive contests, and last time out winner The Way You Dance looks to have a great chance of doubling up under a 6lb penalty. 4lbs well in under a penalty he is partnered with promising jockey Thomas Brown, who takes off a valuable 3lbs.
The Way You Dance went off a relatively unfancied 9.0 shot last time out, which is unsurprising since he hadn’t cut much ice in his first 8 runs. With no wins or places to his name, punters could be forgiven for deserting Ismail Mohammed’s runner. Perhaps it was the switch to the all-weather, or maybe he had an issue that got resolved, but either way, the son of Thewayyouare won very impressively by 5 lengths. He won that race off 53 and will be going up to 63 when reassessed, and even that mark may underestimate him. Is likely to be held up off a good pace and should be moving menacingly on the home turn.
Minstrel Lad is a bit of a thinker, but ran a good race last time out at Leicester. Partnered by regular jockey Simon Pearce, he should definitely be there based on recent form, but has just 3 wins from 43 starts, so is overlooked for that reason.
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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