Plenty of races to choose from across the three British meetings with seven races from the two jumping fixtures and an eight race card on the All Weather at Wolverhampton. My best bet comes from Dunstall Park, but I also have a selection from Ffos Las. Delgany Demon was a winner for us on Sunday (advised 15-8).
Ffos Las 2.40: Knockanrawley
A real good old-fashioned chasing type, Knockanrawley looks an out and out stayer and should relish the 3m1f trip on soft going at Ffos Las this afternoon.
A winner of a point in Ireland over 3m on soft in May 2013, he had a successful season over hurdles last term. Significantly his first three runs all came at Towcester, one of the stiffest tracks in the country where he won first time out over 2m5f, before following up with two second places under a penalty. He found a step up in class and a switch to a sharper track at Haydock all against him next time, but finished the season well with a win over 3m here battling to a narrow success over Ashes House.
He was fitted with first time cheekpieces on that occasion and the headgear has been retained as he has embarked on a chasing career that has started with promise. He found another stiff track to his liking at Hexham as he won in May, but found things happening just too fast around Perth next time. After a break he returned in a hot novice handicap at Newbury last month and performed with credit when third to Ned Stark over 2m6f. An extra 3f will be in his favour, as will a slight drop in class, whilst the soft ground, added to by further rain yesterday, will suit.
Wolverhampton 3.40: Dire Straits
This is perhaps the most interesting race on the Wolverhampton card, featuring no less than four last time out winners in a nine runner field. Of those it is perhaps Dire Straits that offers the most potential for further improvement.
He showed little in his early races having only made his racecourse debut in June. Nevertheless he was well punted for his handicap and All Weather debut at Kempton in August, only for him to disappoint in sixth. As with Knockanrawley, connections decided to reach for the cheekpieces after that and they have certainly had the desired effect since.
He was a close second at Lingfield next time, but after disappointing back on turf at Sandown, he returned to sand for two fine efforts on the Tapeta here. He stayed on well into second over 12f last month behind Royal Trooper, but well backed again last time, he responded with a convincing 2l win over Captain Swift. He certainly looks to have matured in those last two runs, looking a more straight forward ride and this step up to 14f should suit given his running style in recent races.
Ffos Las 2.40: Knockanrawley – 3-1 Bet365
Wolverhampton 3.40: Dire Straits – 5-1 general
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