Saturday, 4 August 2012

3pts win PETARA BAY 17/1 (Betfair) Toyo Tires Performance Stakes

This lightly raced gelding races off a 2lb higher mark than when successful in this last year. This event has no doubt been targeted again from an early stage in the year and like last season arrives here after running in the Pitmans Derby. Admittedly, his run in that event this season was below his fine effort in the 2011 running but ground conditions were desperate at Newcastle last time and it would be no surprise if he bounced back to his very best today.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win SHROPSHIRE 27/1 (Betfair) Blue Square Stewards Cup
1pt win SWISS CROSS 74/1 (Betfair) Blue Square Stewards Cup

Shropshire is in great heart at the moment - after running a cracker to follow home what will probably be a Group class horse in Rex Impersonator at Windsor, he won an Ascot handicap last time which was a far more competitive event than the prize money indicated. He carries a 6lb penalty for that successs but gives the impression that there is further improvement left in him and is worth as go at the odds available.

Swiss Cross left Gerard Butler for his new yard in May. He ran well in an Epsom handicap in an Epsom handicap last month before finishing in mid-div in the valuable handicap at York last weekend. Although he has yet to do anything in one of these valuable events, he is a speedy type who will be able to keep tags on the leaders and give himself every chance. There are plenty with stonger credentials but he is worth small stakes at his current exchange price.

Lost - 3pts