Apache has looked in need of both runs this year, and now stepped up in trip of a nice looking mark with the application of a hood, today could well be a chance for him to get back to form. He was 3rd in the Melrose at York 2 years ago of a mark of 98 and is in here of 89 despite having only run twice since. Both runs for his new stable have been over too short a trip and I’m pretty sure he was bought for this type of race. He also has winning form on firm ground. 22/1 looks a decent price.
1 Point win 22/1 Bet365 & BetVictor
Gatepost looks to have a very decent shot here of this mark given his very good runs here last year over c&d of significantly higher marks. He is 9lbs lower than what looks a very good 5th here in a race that could scarcely have turned out better for those ahead of him that time. He looks as if he is ready to get back to form last time out at Chester and hopefully that can happen today. 12/1 in a few places looks a reasonable bet.
1 Point win 12/1 Boyles/Ladbrokes
Suegioo looks to be a small bit of value in this race. He has been very consistent and still looks to be on the upgrade. He was a very good 2nd to the Fav last time out and gets a 3lbs turnaround in the weights. He didn’t have the best of runs in that race and there really should be anything between them this time. He looks a small bit of value at 7/1 compared to the fav who is half the price.
1 Point win 7/1 Generally
I’m going to go with a gut feeling selection here in Halfsin. He has some excellent course form here and although he was poor enough last year, with possibly too many runs on soft ground, and was again poor first time out this year, I’m hopeful hell turn it around at some stage. A Tongue Tie is tried for the first time today and if that can get him back to form at all he is well handicapped on his best for. It looks worth a min bet here just in case.
½ Point win 22/1 Generally