Big Classic followed up his wide-margin victory at this venue with an even more impressive effort at Mountaineer in November. Silent Contempt should ensure a good pace in this race, and Big Classic ought to be able to strike late on and overhaul his rival. Sent From Heaven looks the pick of the remainder.
Goodoldhockeygame ended last year in fine form, winning at Woodbine before twice finishing runner-up at the same venue. He came from the back of the field to grab second there on his latest outing, closing gamely but finding a subsequent winner just too good. That form stands up well in the context of this race, making him of major interest on his first outing for the Daniel Willis barn. Bronze Age may prove the best of the rest.
Runner-up in each of his last two starts, including when odds-on favourite at Penn National on his final outing three months ago, Pachamama looks to have been found a good opportunity to return to winning ways on her first start for Nick Mileni Jr. Mileni has a cracking record with new recruits, as well as being something of a course specialist at Fort Erie, so all looks set fair for a bold showing from his recently acquired inmate. Express Banking arrives here in search of a hat-trick and could be the one to chase home the selection.
Fleck looked back to her best when a three-and-a-half length winner at Woodbine in November, and though she ran below form on her final outing at the same venue in December, her record at this venue is to be envied – three wins from five runs – so she gets the vote ahead of Snell Flicka and Anniversary Rose.
Today’s tip summary for racing at Fort Erie:
6.48pm Big Classic
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