Today's two selections are horses which have previously been tipped up on the page. Hopefully, they can repay my faith in them, as they both look to have cracking chances.
A horse who I've been waiting to back since she was runner-up at this track 20 days ago is, CLASSIC LORD. I feel like off a revised mark of 87, she is still well-handicapped enough to get at least one more win under her belt before she might be have a tough time by the handicapper.
Her form is rock-solid, with plenty of subsequent winners coming out of her recent races. She finished behind Side Shot two races ago, that horse has since won impressively. Oman back in third that day, has also won again, beating Annandale, who Classic Lord faces today. Military Two Step, back in sixth went on to win by 12 lengths next time out. Noonday Gun who finished fourth from Classic Lord's race last time out, has since won, which makes the form of Classic Lord really strong.
She was unlucky not to win last time out, as she ran a career best, which was rated 95 by RPR, so the fact she didn't win yet she produced a run which was 10lbs better than her previous rating, is quite astonishing. She bumped into a well-handicapped horse in Vino Victrix, who benefited massively from a step up in trip, and the late money which arrived signaled that the yard were expecting a big run.
This race only has four runners, so it could become tactical. With the two Mark Johnston runners in the race, you'd expect one of them to take the lead. Oisin Murphy takes the ride on Classic Lord today, so I wouldn't be too worried if it did get tactical as he is on fire at the minute, and is obviously a very capable rider.
WRITE IT DOWN is another horse I recently tipped up, and at the time I was disappointed in his run, but now I feel like it was much better than I first thought.
He was struggling much earlier than some of the other horses in the race last time out, but plugged on well to get 3rd. The winner won easily that day, beating the second horse by 9.5 lengths, and beating Write It Down by 11 lengths. Cape Robin (the winner), finished a neck behind Lermoos Legend (the time before), whilst carrying 8lbs more than that horse. That form has worked out extremely well, as Lermoos Legend, a recent winning tip for this page, still looks very well-handicapped, so the fact Cape Robin got within a neck, is impressive. Write It Down finished 11 lengths behind that Cape Robin is not a concern whatsoever, as he was also well-handicapped, and was due to win off a mark of 102.
I said previously when tipping him up, 2m 4f on good ground looks like his ideal conditions, however, I'd want them to go a good gallop, as he seems to stay this trip very well, as shown when staying on well towards the end. He has been dropped 1lb for that run, which is quite generous, considering the fact the winner had good form. Kevin Brogan takes the ride today, taking over from Jonjo Jr, which means he'll take off a handy 5lbs, meaning he is running off 10st 3lbs. If he doesn't go close in this race it would be disappointing, even though he can be hit and miss. Hopefully, he is on a going day.
Royal Chant looks an interesting runner, who was travelling well into his race before falling after being inconvenienced by another horse. I am surprised to see the odds of that horse, so he could have be a decent EW shout, but I'd rather side with Write It Down who is on a good mark, and is capable of winning a race of this nature, especially off his old form, and low weight which he is carrying.