The Price Is Right: Tom Collins can be a pal to punters back over a mile

Tue 30 Jun 2020

The Tote's Kevin O'Malley hit the target with 18-1 chance Arcanada on Sunday and went close with a 25-1 chance on Monday. He has three selections for Tuesday's action.

By Kevin O'Malley,

My first horse of interest on Tuesday runs early on at Musselburgh, which you can watch live on live on Racing TV. A second pair of dark horses to note will be in action at Doncaster.

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1.15 Musselburgh: STRONGSAY

There is a theme forming in this column in recent days as I seem to be having to forgive a lot of poor recent runs. STRONGSAY hardly inspired when finishing down the field over a mile at Pontefract first time out when unfancied at 33-1.

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Three things have happened since then which would make odds of 16-1 or more in Musselburgh’s opening handicap seem reasonable. He’s stepping back to seven furlongs; he’s been dropped another 5lb; and his trainer has reached for the 5lb claim of Billy Garrity.

Sure, it does take a leap of faith to look past the three duck eggs against his name, but Strongsay has shown himself to be a capable horse in this grade through his juvenile and three-year-old seasons. A mark of 62 under today’s conditions make him an interesting contender.

2.00 Doncaster: PRINCESS POWER

Ice Lord did best of the closers at Newmarket first time out and looks dangerous in this 14-runner, six furlong handicap. Chris Wall’s charge may prove the one to beat, while Roger Fell and Ben Curtis team up with Admirality, who rarely runs a bad race and could have conditions to suit.

The one I’ll take a flyer on, though, is the Nigel Tinkler-trained PRINCESS POWER, who flopped on her seasonal return at Haydock this month but is a talented filly at her best.

Her mark of 83 is workable and, as you’d expect, the booking of Silvestre De Sousa seals the deal nicely.

3.00 Doncaster: TOM COLLINS

Often when one Silvestre De Sousa mount catches the eye, another will too and TOM COLLINS is one to watch closely in this mile handicap. This Dubawi colt ran in a Kempton Group Three over a mile and a quarter first time out and was then pitched into a competitive Class Two handicap over the same trip at Royal Ascot.

David Elsworth’s charge was unable to land a blow on either occasion but he drops back into a Class Four here and also takes a two-furlong dip in distance too, both of which will significantly enhance his chances.

Being a son of Dubawi out of the classy mare Cocktail Queen, Tom Collins has a beautiful pedigree and it would be a minor disappointment if marks in the low 80s were the ceiling of his ability.

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