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Red Rookie was a winner for us yesterday, and I was slightly worried as the race progressed that he was too far back, but Tom Bellamy was a cool customer and knew what he was doing, as he won with ease.
Ffos Las 1:45
In what appears to be a competitive handicap on paper, I think a lot of names can be wiped out pretty quickly, and the one I was left with is WICKED WEST, who put up a good performance last time out, and can benefit for a drop in class.
There were two others who were possible dangers to the selection in my opinion, and they were Howdyalikemenow & Sabbathical. The former was quite disappointing in his last run, and even though his two wins before came at quite short prices, the form looks somewhat okay, but this is a different task on heavy ground off top weight, and I'm not totally sure he's well handicapped enough to win off those conditions. The other Evan Williams' horse will run off bottom weight with the 5lb claimer's claim taken into consideration, and he will love the ground, but whether he is good enough to win a race of this nature, I'm not too sure, but I think he could fill the places.
Which left me with Wicked West who ran a blinder at Lingfield last time out in a Class 2 (0-145), where he finished 3rd. The winner looks a horse who could win again when getting heavy/soft conditions, so is deemed to be good form in my opinion. Also, the second is another who will appreciate the return to testing ground, as that looks to suit him best. He has since made his chase debut over fences yesterday, where he finished 3rd behind yesterday's selection Red Rookie, so I think the form of that horse is strong too. Wicked west was 3L behind the winner in 3rd, and the fact he has been dropped 1lb for that run makes him even more well-handicapped than what he was previously. A rating of 122 seems lenient, and even though he has to carry a heavy weight in this race, he clearly handles the ground, is the class horse in the race (has come down in grade) and is in good form. The odds on offer at around 11/4 seem fair enough, and I think is worth a little bet.
Ffos Las 3:25
FAIRLAWN FLYER was a tip I put up recently, but either he was a NR or the meeting got abbandoned, I can't seem to remember which. Either way, I think he is still a well-handicapped horse based on his win over the C&D, and the winning margin than he beat the runner-up by doing truly represent the manner in which he won. The runner-up somewhat franked the form next time out, as he was looking like the winner at Fontwell, was a few lengths clear when coming up the run in, but the horse was knackered and decided to pull himself up, it was bizarre to watch, as he looked destined to win. This lad won on chase debut, and looked more comfortable in this sphere than he ever did over hurdles, and further progress is expected.