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Darebin was a winning selection yesterday, and he won in the manner you'd like all of your bets to win like. He was superb yesterday, and his second run of the season seemed to be spot on again for him. He was given an easy lead, which I'm thankful for, because once he gets into a rhythm, he is a tough one to pass. He pinged every fence yesterday, and returned a price of 11/2.
A bit of a risky pick as this is a decent looking race, but the odds on offer at the moment are tempting for me and I don't think he should be written off. GENERATOR CITY ran well last time out when finishing 3rd at Stratford, when coming behind a winning selection for this thread, Templehills. He was comfortably beaten by the selection on that day, but he jumped like a snooker table and was staying on strongly which suggested to me that when he goes back up in trip he'll be much better suited. This further trip, will mean that a slower pace will likely be set, which should improve his jumping.
When this lad was trained in Ireland by Denis Hogan, he won on his chase debut over 3m and that run produced an RPR of 126. That day he beat the most recent Aintree Grand National winner, Minella Times, who has improved 38lbs since he lost to the selection! Also in behind were some decent horses rated in the 120s. Since that run he moved to Barry Leavy's yard, and hasn't enjoyed his life as his mark was 125, but it has since come down to 108, so he is becoming well handicapped. His last two runs have been an improvement. He finished 3rd to Mr Mafia, who has since franked the form by winning twice in the last month. The horses in 2nd and 5th have also won since, and Red Giant back in 6th was 2nd in the big race at Sedgefield a couple of days ago. And then like I mentioned previously his 3rd at Stratford was a good attempt.
Sean Quinlan is a jockey who impresses me the more I see of him, so I think the fact that Barry has got him for the ride is a positive. Sean arguably gave one of the rides of the season, already, when riding For Jim to the win at Hexham a couple of weeks ago. He was pushing along on that horse for every single yard of the race and had no right to win, but he kept on the task and got a tune out of the horse. He is a strong jockey, and I think that is what this horse needs. He needs a jockey to make his mind up for him, and get him into a rhythm, which is something Sean can hopefully do.