Mr Rock and Dont Have It Then among tips for Brighton and Leicester
David Metcalf | October 4, 2016
Mr Rock holds solid claims at Brighton
Mr Rock caught the eye last time out and can take advantage of a drop in class to land the 1m 2f handicap on today’s card at Brighton (16:40).
The Sir Alex Ferguson owned gelding failed to make much of an impact last season, but there was much more to like about his recent return to action in a class 5 contest at Windsor following 245 days on the sidelines.
Mr Rock raced in touch before getting slightly outpaced two from home, but kept on again to finish a not knocked about eight-length fourth to Absolute Zero.
It was a much improved effort which suggested the five-year-old was now back on track and could have more to offer.
Mr Rock has since been dropped 1lb to a mark of 65 and that means that he can now race in class 6 company for the first time.
It gives the George Baker trained son of Galileo major claims from a handicapping perspective and this looks a golden opportunity for Mr Rock to get back on the scoresheet.
Challow each-way value
In the 7f handicap (14:40), Challow looks a lively outsider and decent each-way value.
Sylvester Kirk’s gelding has only had five starts and shaped nicely on the second of those over 6f at Goodwood when showing plenty of pace before fading late on to finish a 5 1/4 length fifth to subsequent Group 2 winner Boynton.
Challow also ran very well two starts back on handicap debut in a competitive class 3 nursery at Ascot when a 3/4 length third to Montataire over 6f off an opening mark of 70, tracking the leaders until getting outpaced two from home before staying on again.
The two-year-old was also far from disgraced last time out when runner-up in a class 4 contest over 1m at Windsor and the drop back to 7f looks sure to suit.
Judged on those efforts a mark of 71 looks exploitable, especially now that Challow drops down into class 5 company.
Other pluses are that the stable is also in good form and has a tremendous strike rate of just under 30 per cent at the track in the past 12 months.
Brighton best bets
14.40: Challow (E/W)
16.40: Mr Rock (NAP)
17.10: Oat Couture
Don’t Have It Then weighted to strike at Leicester
Don’t Have It Then can capitalise on a drop in the weights to score an overdue success in the 6f handicap on today’s card at Leicester (16:20).
This gelding is on a losing run of 13, having not scored since landing a 6f contest at Kempton back in December 2014 off a mark of 75 when trained by Willie Musson.
However, Dont Have It Then he has posted some solid efforts to make the frame including when a one-length fourth of 12 in a class 3 contest at Newmarket back in October off 66, and a 1 1/2 length third of 13 over course and distance off the same rating.
The five-year-old is now able to race in this lower grade class 5 affair off a reduced rating of just 63, and comes into the contest on the back of an eye-catching return to action after a break when a staying on fourth at Kempton.
It gives Don’t Have It Then major claims at the weights on the pick of his form, and he now makes his debut for trainer Henry Spiller whose last two runners have both been successful.
With Tom Queally in the saddle, and a good draw to operate from in stall 15, everything looks in place for a big run.
Alway A Dream the answer to final
Trainer Chris Wall has his team in good form and Always A Dream looks decent value to provide him with another winner in the 7f apprentice handicap that brings proceedings to a close (17:50).
Wall’s filly had shaped well on several occasions before getting off the mark at Wolverhampton three starts back, when keeping on strongly to beat Harmony Bay by a length off a mark of 58 in the hands of Samuel Clarke.
Harmony Bay has gone on to score again since to give the form a solid look in the context of this contest, and Always a Dream was then far from disgraced next time up when eighth of 14 over course and distance.
The three-year-old then got no luck in-running last time out in a class 5 contest at Kempton, when a tenderly handled fifth off a mark of 64 once it was clear she would not be winning.
Always A Dream now returns to the turf off what looks an attractive mark of 58 and drops back into class 6 company, the same as when last successful.
The daughter of Oasis Dream also has the services in the saddle again of young Clarke who gets a good tune out of her and takes off a handy 5lb with his claim.
Leicester tips for October 4th
16.20: Don’t Have It Then (NAP)
17.20: Team Talk
17.50: Always A Dream (NB)
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