We hit the crossbar with a fair few last week – racking up three second places from four tips! Luckily Skerray Rules managed to stick his head in front to win at Dundalk at odds of 11/8. Now I’ve got my eye in and lost my Paddy Power Blog virginity, lets hope for a little more luck on the dirt tonight.
Toumar, Wolverhampton, 5:15pm
This Maiden Fillies contest looks a good spot for Toumar () to start off. The bar is not set very high for her as a couple in here have only run to around a mark of 58 or 59. Admittedly she has no fancy entries but is a beautifully bred daughter of Sea the Stars and won’t need to be extra special to make a winning debut for the Roger Varian team.
Glan Y Gors, Wolverhampton, 5.45pm
Top jock Jamie Spencer is racking up the air miles this week with Lingfield on Wednesday, Meydan on Thursday and now Wolverhampton on Friday night.
Glan Y Gors () was unlucky not to have won last time when stepped up to this trip at Chelmsford. Held up in a slowly-run race he was all dressed up with nowhere to go before flying home to be beaten just three-quarters of a length. There doesn’t look to be much pace on here so let’s hope Jamie takes the bull by the horns and kicks on. We now know he stays well.
Dutch Garden, Wolverhampton, 6.45pm
Dutch Garden () showed his first piece of solid form last time out in his handicap debut at Southwell when second to Afkar.
He was fitted with a visor and allowed to bowl along on the front end at a pretty quick tempo. It nearly paid off as he only got nailed late on. He’s low mileage for a four-year-old and there should be a little more to come from him at this level.
Snoqualmie Chief, Dundalk, 8:30pm
Adrian McGuinness‘ charge Snoqualmie Chief () ran a cracker last time when given a very patient ride by Killian Leonard (7) who is back on board tonight. He only recently moved stables and it was by some way his best effort last time out. Although he’s only one win from 23 efforts, if he’s ever going to up that strike rate it’s off a mark of 47 on Friday night.
Ben Rumson, Dundalk, 9pm
Ben Rumson () finished ahead of Snowqualmie Chief when second to old favourite Shukhov on January 8 over course and distance. He was best of those held up and came from a long way back that night. With few miles on the clock it looks like he’s found his level and his trip. Given a slightly more handy ride tonight, he can collect in the last at Fundalk!