This sprightly seven-year-old, Big Baz, has been a very good servant to this yard over many seasons.
Admittedly it has been a little while since he has gone and graced the winners enclosure, however this looks his best opportunity for some time.
He sits in this claimer with an official rating of 91, comes out well clear on the ratings, and with the mighty Franny Norton taking over in the saddle he looks good at Chelmsford.
William Booth has not been with this trainer for too many races yet, but has put together two very consistent runs and undoubtedly he was unlucky at Windsor last time when not quite getting the rub of the green.
He is well drawn in stall one to get a perfect toe round on the fence and as it’s only his third start on the all-weather we can expect a touch of improvement.
First Bombardment has not shown any sparkle for some while now, hence he has slipped a long way down the handicap.
Last time at Newcastle he was ridden by an inexperienced 7-pound claimer and he looked like a revival was on the cards with that confidence booster under his belt and a senior rider taking over in the saddle – he looks poised to run a big race in the finale.
Togoville is another runner who has been in the wilderness for a little while, but showed he retains all of his enthusiasm with a much better run last time.
He went down fighting only by half a length, and a return to Fundalk and a drop down to the minimum looks absolutely ideal. His forcing tactics will also be perfect from stall number three close to the paint.
Certainly this Mare – Honour Oak – by Zebedee deserves to get another win on the board. She is off the back of an excellent effort at Leopardstown when hitting the line very strongly over 7 furlongs.
She steps up in trip back at a venue that she goes particularly well at and with Chris Hayes in the saddle we won’t be lacking.
Stall seven is fine for her hold-up tactics, expect her to be played late and fast.
If you look at Maudlin Magdalen, her overall profile it’s a little off-putting, consdering she has finished second on quite a few occasions on the all-weather.
Dropping down to a rating of 75 she is clearly going to be flying under the radar as her double digit odds would suggest.
Depending on which way you like to have a punt with Paddy, she for me looks a cracking each way bet with nine runners at a nice price.