Saturday, 10 March 2018

2 pts win MELROSE BAY 7/1 ( at least six firms)
1 pt win FIRST ASSIGNMENT 20/1 ( at least five firms)
EBF Matchbook H'cap Hdle Final

Melrose Bay is an interesting long term prospect and has a fine chance of taking this on the way to a prosperous career over fences. His last piece of form is stonewall reliable and strong in the context of this event. The drop in trip will not hinder in these conditions and he looks certain to give an excellent account of himself.

First Assignment hails from one of the shrewdest set ups around and catches the eye at big odds. The was a gap back to the third when he held on to win at Huntingdon last time. He is a better prospect than the bare form and style of victory suggests, has any amount of improvement left in him and could be in the shake up.

Mel. Bay NR, F. Assgnmnt Lost  - 1pt

1.5 pts win MASTER OF IRONY 12/1 (Generally available)
1.5pts win SILVER STREAK  16.5/1 (Betfair Ex)
Matchbook Imperial Cup

Lightly raced and almost certainly a bit off his eventual ceiling, Master Of Irony won on his seasonal debut at Wetherby in a race far more competitive than the prize money indicated. He then ran an eyecatching race when fourth at Newbury in the first week in December. He hasn't been seen since but the booking of Johnson, who was aboard at Wetherby, suggests he is spot on for this.

Silver Streak created a good visual impression when finishing full of running to win at Chepstow in October. He then ran a cracker to be runner up in a very valuable and competitive event at Ascot before unseating his rider early on in the Betfair Hurdle. The question mark is over the ground, but that doubt is built into the odds and it may pay to take him aboard.

Lost - 3 pts