Racing TV’s Dave Nevison tipped winners at 16-5, 11-2, 15-2 and 17-2 last week and bids to get his punting week off to a flying start with his three selections at Catterick on Tuesday.
Point Of Woods had been dropping down the handicap quite rapidly, and deservedly so given how he was running.
He just about hit rock bottom in terms of his rating but showed his best form for some time last time out and signalled that he is now due to win. The seven-year-old does generally win a race a season and the booking of Cieren Fallon definitely catches the eye here.
The visor worn for the first time at Ripon is retained and as long as he does not start too slowly, he should go close in a what will be a well-run race.
A switch in tactics and a plummeting handicap mark brought about a transformation in this horse’s form last time out and he scored for the first time since leaving Johnny Murtagh last season.
He has been raised 5lb for that all-the-way victory which, on weights and measures, could be viewed as harsh, but he looked as though he had turned the corner and is still 8lb lower than the rating he started on this season.
He won on soft ground at Navan off a 5lb higher mark last season, so conditions won’t be a problem here, and is worth supporting.
This three-year-old might be a bit of a slow learner and might not be as good as his pedigree would suggest, but he is getting there and is running 2lb out of his grade here, so is an easy selection for me.
He was unlucky to be denied by the narrowest of margins on his latest start and just got collared close home after coming to win his race.
He will definitely be out of this grade after that effort only last weekend and this is a good bit of placing by his trainer.
The extra furlong should help, and his dam ran a very good race on soft the only time she encountered it, so hopefully conditions will suit as well.
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