ARAMIS GREY showed promise in two of her three maiden runs and was well supported on her handicap debut at Yarmouth last week off an opening mark of 62.
She ran extremely well when second and might have been a little unlucky not to win, as she came from slightly further back than the winner in a race that wasn’t run at the strongest gallop.
She gets to compete off the same mark here and that Yarmouth run proves that she is capable of winning a race off that mark.
Neil Mulholland had a double at Perth’s last meeting and I think there is every chance that he can land another winner at the track in the form of Heavey. A course winner over hurdles, he was a winner of an Exeter handicap last November off a mark of 108 and has been quite unlucky on two most recent starts.
First time out here over fences, he was brought down 4 out when still with every chance and last time at Fontwell back over hurdles, he looked to be coming with a winning run when falling two out. He runs here off the same mark of 111 and providing he has a clear round of jumping he should have every chance of adding to his course win from last year.
John Flint is a trainer that does extremely well with the horses that he has, with Eddiemaurice being a great example of what he can achieve when getting decent ammunition, but he is very capable of targeting a race from a way out and getting the job done.
DIAMOND SHOWER is a horse he acquired after winning a seller in Chepstow last August and has had three starts since then. Last time out at Chepstow he shaped quite well off a long break when sixth, beaten under 4 lengths over 6 furlongs.
He shaped there like a step up in trip would really help him and he gets that here and can be expected to step forward for the reappearance run. The handicapper has dropped him 2lbs to a mark of 60 and George Rooke takes off another 5lbs.
Diamond Shower is likely to be a decent price and looks worth supporting each-way to small stakes.
DHADYAH was quite impressive when winning on debut at Haydock, where she beat three fillies who were all bringing ratings in the 80’s into the race.
The second Coconut won her next start at Newbury to give some substance to the form and Dhabyah may well be a filly that is capable of competing at Pattern level.
She runs here carrying a penalty, but she is capable of conceding the penalty here en-route to bigger and better things.
A bit of a speculative selection here, but there is a chance that CLOUD THUNDER could be overlooked now starting off in handicaps off a reasonable mark of 73.
He didn’t show too much on his first two starts last season, but showed plenty of promise on his first start this year when third at Newbury behind Tuscan Glaze – who went onto to win a Group 3 in Italy on his next start.
The second that day, Glalta Bridge has won his next three starts and is likely to be rated in the 90’s when reassessed by the handicapper, while the fourth Louganini won his next start at Haydock off mark of 84.
The fifth and seventh have also managed to win since, so it looks really strong form and would suggest that Cloud Thunder has got in really lightly off a mark of 73 if replicating that Newbury run.
Cloud Thunder was obviously outclassed in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, but this is far more suitable. The Heather Main yard have had three winners in the last couple of weeks and that is another positive.
A competitive beginners chase for this time of the year with the Fred Winter winner Aramax likely to be popular with punters, and the likes of Konitho and Scheu Time bringing solid form into the race too.
The one that might be worth chancing at the likely prices is PAKENS ROCK. A dual course winner over hurdles last season, he was very impressive on his second win when dispatching the useful Drop The Anchor and Anything Will Do with ease.
He wasn’t disgraced when fourth of six in a Navan Grade 3 hurdle, prior to winning a handicap hurdle at Thurles off a mark of 129. He was midfield when a 50/1 shot in the Galway Hurdle, when he actually had Aramax behind him that day, but was a little disappointing on his last two starts stepped up in trip.
He now goes chasing and providing his jumping holds up, he might be able to put it up to the more fancied horses.
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