1.30 Redcar – Champagne Bob
A revelation on soft ground, Champagne Bob looks to make it 3 wins from his last 4 starts, and he has a great chance at Redcar. Richard Price’s 3 year old gelding carries a 6lb penalty for his victory last week, but that may not be enough to stop him, and despite the presence of 16 rivals, he looks solid value at +350 .
Heading into the 7 furlong handicap at Salisbury back in October, Champagne Bob was 0/9 with just 2 places to his name. He hadn’t done anything in recent times to suggest that he was ready to strike, but strike he did, winning by just shy of 4 lengths at odds of 11.0. The soft ground and drop back to 7 furlongs on a galloping course seemed to work the oracle, and Richard Price’s runner won with plenty of authority. Was a strong favourite on the all-weather next time out, but was racing over 9.5 furlongs on a turning track, which wasn’t ideal, and eventually finished midfield. Showed that running to be all wrong when gagging up last time out at Leicester, back over 7 furlongs on soft ground.
A big field and strong pace over a galloping 7 furlongs on soft ground seem to be Champagne Bob’s forte, and this big son of Big Bad Bob could yet have more improvement in him. Although he carries a 6lb penalty for success last time out, impressive apprentice jockey Paddy Pilley takes over and relieves 5lbs from the horses back.
With competition fairly thin on the ground, Champagne Bob is likely to sit midfield, tracking the pace, and will be finishing strongly towards the end of the race. Rates a good bet as a strong favourite.
3.40 Southwell – Yul Finegold
Conor Dore’s likeable gelding Yul Finegold has only run once at Southwell and that effort was rather forgettable, but there are mitigating circumstances for that performance, and the son of Invincible Spirit has a great chance on form and looks to be a good bet at +400 in the 11 furlong claimer at the Midlands track.
A triple winner back in the spring, Yul Finegold has since found it difficult to make too much of an impact in handicap company. Ran with credit last time out at Lingfield, but appears handicapped to his best, and the switch to the less competitive claiming grade should help him challenge for victory. Conor Dore’s inmate is fairly flexible as regards run style, and can be dropped in or can make it. He would be best advised sitting close to the pace at Southwell to avoid the kick back. Dore turns his son of Invincible Spirit out within 7 days of his last run and the trainer has a good record with his quick returners.
Favourite Dabadiyan is the class act in the race, but he has lost his way and this may be a little on the short side. Wears the first time visor in a hope to reignite his love with racing, but is passed over at odds of +200 .
Tips Summary (3rd November)
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