Vastonea is a horse who saves his big runs for the big day, with 2 wins in the Topaz mile at Galway and a very good 2nd here last year. He has been fairly poor since but now appears here of his lowest mark ever. He caught the eye a bit last time at Galway when he had to come too wide in the straight. He had another decent looking run this year in a similar race over c&d when he was both too wide and too far back but finished well. He is 9 lbs lower here. I’d be happy with anything at 20/1 or above, and he is available at 20/1 with 5 places on Betfair sportsbook or 20/1 4 places in VC/PP/888/hills. There is also 1 25/1 with 4 places in Coral and that the one I’ll be going for. In addition I’m going for Chopin who has been dropped to a well workable mark following a poor enough year after looking a very decent horse last year, including a close 4th in the Group 1 Lockinge. 33/1 with 5 places is just too big for this horse as if he can return to form here he will be right there. I saw just enough of hope at Galway last time to be interested at a big price.
1 Point EW Vastonea 25/1 Coral 20/1 elsewhere
1 Point EW Chopin 33/1 5 Places Betfair Sportsbook and 4 places Betvictor.
The less said about those selections the better they actually finished last and second last. No money for either beforehand told the story.