Dave Nevison's top tips for Friday: Archaeology looks ready to dig deep

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 4 Sep 2020

Dave Nevison has been in excellent form this week with five winners, including at 17-2 and 15-2, from seven selections. He has three fancies for the card at Thirsk on Friday.

Lots of meetings to go at on Friday but I feel Thirsk offers the best opportunities for decent-priced winners and stages a cracking afternoon card.

A couple of these have turned up in my Racing TV Tracker, hopefully with some justification.

2.20 Thirsk: Dawaaween

Definitely should have won more than one race this season, most notably when getting mugged after going on too early at Hamilton when she was a short price.

She showed last time at York that she was still on the up when beaten by a Listed grade performer in a 0-105 handicap. She is down to 0-90 company this time, which should make life easier.

Ground conditions will be fine even if they get a bit softer and she has a pretty much perfect Thirsk draw in stall 7.

Kevin Stott, who has won on her and gave her what is probably his only bad ride in an excellent season at Hamilton, should be able to sit mid division and swing slightly wide to challenge. I think he is on a filly who will prove better than 0-90 after this.

3.30 Thirsk: Archaeology

Last time I put up this one was at York and he overdid his usual tendency to start slowly and was pretty much left at the gates.

He is back in the Tracker after a good comeback run and in a 16-runner event should get in the four here at least.

Archeology is dropped slightly in grade and runs off his last winning mark. He should have won but didn’t get the gaps last time (watch above).

It’s an occupational hazard for this type of runner, which explains his slightly low strike rate, but ground, trip and I believe the track will suit his running style and he, too, is drawn in 7.

4.35 Thirsk: Venturous

I backed this one last time out purely on a hunch while doing a studio shift. He was the outsider of the field in a decent handicap sprint but one full of out-of-form types.

My view was that his recent runs had been simply too bad and that would he eventually come good off such a low mark for his excellent sprint trainer.

He didn’t win but did run well enough to suggest he is on the way back and, dropped a further 2lb, he is now lower than his latest win.

This field is full of pacey types and he should be ideally suited by the race and will be an each way price.

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