Saturday, 31 December 2011

2pts win DEN OF INIQUITY 12/1 (Betfair) Betfred Mandarin Chase
1pt win LEADING CONTENDER 12/1 (Betfair) Betfred Mandarin Chase

Since the ceiling rating was lowered for this event it bears no resemblance to the renewals of old. However, despite a lack of real quality these two are hard to resist at double fig odds.

Den Of Iniquity will soo turn 11 years old but remains lightly raced and still looks capable of a career best performance. His owner likes having a winner at this venue and he did not run at all badly at Kelso last time.

The handicapper is now convinced that Leading Contender is a light of old and has dropped him further in the ratings. He is now off an 8lb lower mark than when in the process of runnning a good race when unseating his rider at this venue just over a year ago. The fact that he reamains with Hobbs is encouraging and he is worth chancing.

Lost - 3pts