Winning Form brings you their best bets and tips from Tamworth.
Best Bet: I’M A CRACKER (Race 6)
Value Bet: BRIGHT EYED GIRL (Race 5)
Jackpot (race 4 – 7)
This looks to be a tricky race to start the day’s Jackpot with plenty of runners in with a realistic chance of finding the winner’s box, so some caution is suggested.
DANSPUR goes for his hat-trick after wins over 1300M and the latest over this trip by a whopping eleven and a half lengths. The gelding will have to negotiate draw nine, but the trio of victories looks very much a possibility.
SCATMAN had his consistency rewarded when winning his last start over 1610M by just over half a length. He kicked clear at the 75M that day and then held off all the late challengers. From his kinder gate three, he looks to be a big runner in this line-up.
GOLD LUNAR is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys, but she also won her last outing, but in her case over 1300M by a head. She was slow away that day and found herself at the tail of the field, before finishing strongly to claim victory in the shadow of the post. On that effort, she seems likely to enjoy the extra ground on offer today. She is sure to put her pole position to good use and give the males a run for their money.
The day’s value bet, BRIGHT EYED GIRL is a 4yr old filly taking on males, but she has made solid improvement in her last two outings, winning her maiden race last time out over six furlongs by a head. She was carrier wide approaching the home turn that day but finished off her race well. She then had to survive an objection before the result was confirmed. She takes on stronger and faces a wide draw sixteen out of eighteen, but nevertheless, she should be doing her best work late and be up to the task at hand.
THE FOSSIL followed up his penultimate run victory over seven furlongs with a fourth-place finish next time out over the same distance, one length back from the winner. He had to be switched at the 250M pole that day and could be considered an unlucky loser. From as wide-ish gate nine, he should keep the top choice honest.
Although APACHE BLUE is recorded as finishing fifth last time out over five furlongs, he was just 2.7L off the winner, having come five wide into the home straight. He will have to overcome a wide draw fourteen, but he gets a set of blinkers fitted for the first time and if these have the desired effect, he should be right up there in the mix.
I’M A CRACKER had finished second three times in a row prior to winning his last start over five furlongs by one and a half lengths. He finished well that day and from pole position, he may well be good enough to complete a quick double. As such, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
EDIT gets gate eight and finished fourth in his last outing over 1500M, just under a length and a half behind the winner and was immediately rested for 42 weeks. He returns here after having had the benefit of three barrier trials, winning one and finishing third in the latest. The fact that his connections have brought him back into racing after such a lengthy absence would seem to suggest that they believe that he still has something more to offer them.
TORO TORO is drawn one outside the latter and has his first run since a much shorter 12-week rest, but has not had a barrier trial, so his fitness will have to be taken on trust. He came three-wide into the home stretch before ending up in twelfth spot in his last run over 1100M before the break, just over six lengths adrift of the victor, but the form of that race has been franked and he should be involved in the finish.
JUST TOO SWEET is a 4yr old filly taking on boys, but she is a speedy sort who won by just under three and a half lengths when making her debut over 800M. She steps up a furlong and faces draw seven, but the manner in which she dispatched her opposition first up would suggest that this should not be an issue.
ZAKOR also showed plenty of toe when finishing fourth last time out over five furlongs, 4.8L back from the winner when returning from an 18-week rest. He battled all the way down to the wire and from a wideish draw ten and if showing the same determination today, he should not be easily overlooked.
SUMMER GLOW is another 4yr old filly in the race. she finished fifth in her last start over five furlongs, just over two lengths adrift of the victor, but she hung out over the final 200M and her jockey was unable to fully assist her. However, the form of that race has stood up well with three runners out of that contest subsequently winning. She returns from a longer 24-week absence, but she did finish third in her only barrier trial to showcase her well-being and she should be included in all bets.